Quarter* ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 9 July 2023 Sunday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 10 July 2023 at 01:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1938" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 23 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31.
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 290 of Meeus index or 1243 from Brown series.
Length of current 290 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 291 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.7°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 4 July 2023 at 22:28 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 July 2023 at 06:56 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 369 892 km (229 840 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 291 km (252 458 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 28 June 2023 at 12:22 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 3 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.840°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.849° in the next northern standstill on 16 July 2023 at 02:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 17 July 2023 at 18:32 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.