Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 August 2021 at 07:13 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2021 after 21 days on 20 September 2021 at 23:55.
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 267 of Meeus index or 1220 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 48 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠264.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠297.8°.
Moon is at apogee at 02:22. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 17 August 2021 at 09:23 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next perigee on 11 September 2021 at 10:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 100 km (251 096 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2021. It is 1 308 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 49 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 05:13 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 12 September 2021 at 16:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 05:13 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
11 days since the previous standstill on 18 August 2021 at 22:24 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.761°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.868° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 September 2021 at 00:23 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 7 September 2021 at 00:52 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.