Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 February 2024 at 23:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 21 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.
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 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.
5 days after point of apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 February 2024 at 18:49 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 391 782 km (243 442 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 088 km (222 506 mi).
2 days after descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.203°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.304° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 9 February 2024 at 22:59 in ♒ Aquarius 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.