Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 24 February 2022 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 February 2022 at 22:32 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2022 after 21 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17.
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 273 of Meeus index or 1226 from Brown series.
Length of current 273 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 49 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 274 length.
Length of current synodic month is 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠32°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠56.3°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 February 2022 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 672 km (225 975 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 787 km (228 532 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 March 2022 at 08:22 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.444°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.559° in the next southern standstill on 26 February 2022 at 06:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 2 March 2022 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.