Quarter ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 September 2023 at 22:21 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 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2023 after 22 days on 29 September 2023 at 09:57.
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 292 of Meeus index or 1245 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. It is 13 minutes shorter 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 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠179.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202.9°.
6 days after point of perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 September 2023 at 15:42 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 387 646 km (240 872 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 289 km (252 456 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 3 September 2023 at 07:44 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 September 2023 at 19:18 in ♎ Libra.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.095°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.168° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 September 2023 at 13:18 in ♊ Gemini.
In 8 days on 15 September 2023 at 01:40 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.