Quarter ♏ Scorpio
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 ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 January 2028 at 19:26 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2028 after 23 days on 10 February 2028 at 15:04.
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 346 of Meeus index or 1299 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute. It is 25 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 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠132.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.9°.
5 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2028 at 07:47 in ♌ Leo. 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 28 January 2028 at 15:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 372 675 km (231 570 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 387 km (252 517 mi).
5 days after descending node on 12 January 2028 at 21:27 in ♋ Cancer. 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 26 January 2028 at 07:31 in ♒ Aquarius.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 10 January 2028 at 02:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.604°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.616° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 January 2028 at 21:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 26 January 2028 at 15:12 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.