Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 12 October 2017 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 October 2017 at 12:25 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2017 after 22 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23.
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 219 of Meeus index or 1172 from Brown series.
Length of current 219 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. It is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 220 length.
Length of current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠79°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠114.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 9 October 2017 at 05:51 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 October 2017 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 364 716 km (226 624 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 151 km (251 749 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 2 October 2017 at 02:05 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 October 2017 at 22:10 in ♌ Leo.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 11 October 2017 at 18:21 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.616°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.741° in the next southern standstill on 25 October 2017 at 18:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 19 October 2017 at 19:12 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.