Quarter ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 23 March 2071 Monday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 March 2071 at 17:32 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2071 after 22 days on 14 April 2071 at 13:56.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 880 of Meeus index or 1833 from Brown series.
Length of current 880 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 32 minutes. It is 3 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 881 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠284.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
11 days after point of perigee on 12 March 2071 at 10:31 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 March 2071 at 10:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 405 042 km (251 681 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 399 km (251 282 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 16 March 2071 at 21:22 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 March 2071 at 08:03 in ♈ Aries.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 07:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.172°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.186° in its northern standstill point on 6 April 2071 at 04:30 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 31 March 2071 at 15:03 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.