Quarter ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 August 2018 at 18:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2018 after 21 days on 26 August 2018 at 11:56.
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 229 of Meeus index or 1182 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 10 minutes. It is 54 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 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠356°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11.2°.
8 days after point of apogee on 27 July 2018 at 05:44 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2018 at 18:05 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 379 903 km (236 061 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 083 km (222 502 mi).
7 days after descending node on 27 July 2018 at 22:40 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 August 2018 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 25 July 2018 at 20:55 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.755°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.757° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 August 2018 at 22:33 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 11 August 2018 at 09:58 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.