Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 August 2016 at 03:41 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 22 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.
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 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.
3 days after point of perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 365 314 km (226 996 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 059 km (251 692 mi).
5 days after descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.481°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.455° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 1 September 2016 at 09:03 in ♍ Virgo 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.