Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 February 2079 at 19:23 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2079 after 22 days on 17 March 2079 at 13:45.
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 978 of Meeus index or 1931 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 13 minutes. It is 2 hours and 32 minutes 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 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠261.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.6°.
Moon is at apogee at 18:10. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 11 February 2079 at 08:13 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 8 March 2079 at 01:47 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 236 km (251 181 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2079. It is 1 172 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 185 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after descending node on 21 February 2079 at 02:05 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 7 March 2079 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 12 February 2079 at 07:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.715°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.818° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 February 2079 at 08:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 8 days on 3 March 2079 at 13:49 in ♓ Pisces 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.