Crescent ♓ Pisces
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 29 May 2016 at 12:12 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 21 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.6°.
10 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 370 879 km (230 454 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 142 km (224 403 mi).
13 days after ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the first to the middle part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.539°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.575° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 5 June 2016 at 03:00 in ♊ Gemini 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.