Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 28 December 2010 Tuesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2010 | December 2010

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

Last Quarter 46% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 28 December 2010 at 04:18 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 in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2011 after 22 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 135 / 1088

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 135 of Meeus index or 1088 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

Length of current 135 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes. It is 2 hours and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 136 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠67°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠67°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠103.5°. 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 after perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 January 2011 at 05:38 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 364 462 km

Moon is 364 462 km (226 466 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 976 km (251 640 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after its descending node on 21 December 2010 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 January 2011 at 12:48 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 20 December 2010 at 12:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.238°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.242° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2011 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 4 January 2011 at 09:03 in ♑ Capricorn, 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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