Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 August 2024 at 09:26 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 22 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter 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 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠127.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.
5 days after point of perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 September 2024 at 14:55 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 372 643 km (231 550 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 215 km (252 410 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 5 September 2024 at 05:43 in ♎ Libra.
4 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 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.546°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠28.606° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55 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.