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Moon phase on 12 October 2017 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | October 2017

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

Last Quarter 50% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 October 2017 at 12:25 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 ∠19° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1923".

Beaver Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2017 after 22 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23.

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 219 / 1172

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 219 of Meeus index or 1172 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.57 days

Length of current 219 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. It is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 220 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠79°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠79°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠114.6°. 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

3 days after point of perigee on 9 October 2017 at 05:51 in ♊ Gemini. 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 25 October 2017 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 364 716 km

Moon is 364 716 km (226 624 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 151 km (251 749 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 2 October 2017 at 02:05 in ♒ Aquarius, 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 14 October 2017 at 22:10 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 11 October 2017 at 18:21 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.616°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.741° in the next southern standstill on 25 October 2017 at 18:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 19 October 2017 at 19:12 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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