Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 1 February 2016 at 03:28 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2016 after 21 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 198 of Meeus index or 1151 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠292.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠319.8°.
2 days after point of apogee on 30 January 2016 at 09:10 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 11 February 2016 at 02:42 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 402 784 km (250 278 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 358 km (226 402 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 27 January 2016 at 23:58 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 February 2016 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 21 January 2016 at 16:41 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.375°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.303° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 8 February 2016 at 14:39 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.