Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 July 2078 at 21:11 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2078 after 21 days on 23 August 2078 at 08:11.
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 971 of Meeus index or 1924 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 24 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 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠50.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠80.3°.
Moon is at perigee at 02:41. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 18 July 2078 at 01:21 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 14 August 2078 at 20:09 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 369 774 km (229 767 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2078. It is 7 266 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 582 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 08:13 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 14 August 2078 at 22:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 08:13 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
9 days since the previous standstill on 22 July 2078 at 23:47 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.072°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.132° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 August 2078 at 00:22 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 7 August 2078 at 19:52 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.