Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 31 October 2018 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | October 2018

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

Last Quarter 52% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 October 2018 at 16:40 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1933".

Beaver Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 22 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.

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 232 / 1185

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

Length of current 232 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 233 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠49.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠49.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠79.7°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:05, this is 14 days after last apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 370 201 km

This perigee Moon is 370 201 km (230 032 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2018. It is 7 693 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 155 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 03:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

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New draconic month

At 03:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.292°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.401° in the next southern standstill on 12 November 2018 at 02:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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