Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 8 October 2012 Monday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | October 2012

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

Last Quarter 48% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 October 2012 at 07:33 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1921".

Hunter Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2012 after 21 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.

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 157 / 1110

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 157 of Meeus index or 1110 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 157 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2012. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 158 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠312.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.3°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2012 at 00:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 398 695 km

Moon is 398 695 km (247 738 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 673 km (224 112 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 4 October 2012 at 05:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2012 at 01:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.024°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 15 October 2012 at 12:02 in ♎ Libra, 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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