Crescent ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 August 2068 at 00:16 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2068 after 22 days on 11 September 2068 at 17:19.
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 848 of Meeus index or 1801 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 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 50 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠133.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠160.5°.
5 days after point of perigee on 14 August 2068 at 15:33 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 August 2068 at 20:38 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 375 648 km (233 417 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 437 km (252 548 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 00:01 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 3 September 2068 at 12:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 9 August 2068 at 00:30 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.234°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠21.140° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 August 2068 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 27 August 2068 at 18:28 in ♌ Leo 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.