Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 January 2020 at 12:58 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2020 after 22 days on 9 February 2020 at 07:33.
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 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 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 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠82.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠120.5°.
3 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2020 at 20:20 in ♌ Leo. 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 29 January 2020 at 21:28 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 365 355 km (227 021 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 390 km (251 898 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 January 2020 at 20:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.223°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.225° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 January 2020 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 24 January 2020 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn 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.