Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 20 May 2006 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | May 2006

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 49% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 May 2006 at 09:21 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 22 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 27 May 2006 at 05:26
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 3 June 2006 at 23:06
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 11 June 2006 at 18:03
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 18 June 2006 at 14:08

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 78 / 1031

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 78 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 79 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠38.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠38.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

13 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 363 749 km

Moon is 363 749 km (226 023 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 615 km (229 047 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after its descending node on 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 May 2006 at 18:00 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 16 May 2006 at 03:52 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.539°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.490° in the next northern standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 27 May 2006 at 05:26 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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