Quarter ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 July 2016 at 23:00 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 22 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.
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 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 2 hours and 35 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 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠48.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠77.9°.
13 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 555 km (225 903 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 659 km (229 695 mi).
3 days after descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.569°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.529° at the point of next northern standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45 in ♌ Leo 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.