Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 September 2016 at 09:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1939" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 22 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
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 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 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 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 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 ∠112.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.6°.
4 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 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 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 369 650 km (229 690 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 100 km (252 339 mi).
7 days after descending node on 15 September 2016 at 23:55 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 September 2016 at 22:06 in ♍ Virgo.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 16:44 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.475°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.546° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 8 October 2016 at 06:03.
In 7 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12 in ♎ Libra 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.