Quarter* ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 April 2024 at 03:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1895" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2024 after 22 days on 23 April 2024 at 23:49.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 299 of Meeus index or 1252 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 20 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠17.2°.
8 days after point of apogee on 23 March 2024 at 15:44 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 April 2024 at 17:53 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 378 235 km (235 024 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 850 km (222 979 mi).
6 days after descending node on 26 March 2024 at 04:07 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 April 2024 at 12:20 in ♈ Aries.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 08:58 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.559°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.552° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 13 April 2024 at 22:36.
In 7 days on 8 April 2024 at 18:21 in ♈ Aries 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.