Quarter ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 January 2025 at 20:31 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2025 after 22 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53.
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 309 of Meeus index or 1262 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours 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 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠272.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠305.9°.
Moon is at apogee at 04:55. It is 13 days after previous perigee on 7 January 2025 at 23:34 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next perigee on 2 February 2025 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 404 299 km (251 220 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 109 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 410 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after descending node on 19 January 2025 at 01:48 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 February 2025 at 22:06 in ♓ Pisces.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 12 January 2025 at 04:30 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.464°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.534° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 January 2025 at 13:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 29 January 2025 at 12:36 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.