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Moon phase on 29 December 2018 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | December 2018

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 ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 29 December 2018 at 09:34 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 ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1933"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2019 after 22 days on 21 January 2019 at 05:16.

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 234 / 1187

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 234 of Meeus index or 1187 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.76 days

Length of current 234 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 235 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠116.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠116.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠149.4°. 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

5 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2018 at 09:52 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 January 2019 at 04:29 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 370 872 km

Moon is 370 872 km (230 449 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 116 km (252 349 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 24 December 2018 at 11:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 January 2019 at 00:08 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 23 December 2018 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.550°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.553° in the next southern standstill on 5 January 2019 at 18:45 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 6 January 2019 at 01:28 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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