Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 6 August 2015 Thursday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 August 2015 at 02:03 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2015 after 23 days on 29 August 2015 at 18:35.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 192 of Meeus index or 1145 from Brown series.
Length of current 192 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 193 length.
Length of current synodic month is 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠144.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
4 days after point of perigee on 2 August 2015 at 10:11 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 August 2015 at 02:33 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 367 372 km (228 274 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 852 km (252 185 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 4 August 2015 at 02:53 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 August 2015 at 23:05 in ♍ Virgo.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 28 July 2015 at 17:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.344°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.288° in the next northern standstill on 10 August 2015 at 11:11 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 14 August 2015 at 14:54 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.