Quarter ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 December 2024 at 22:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2025 after 22 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27.
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.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 308 of Meeus index or 1261 from Brown series.
Length of current 308 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 309 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠235.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠272.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 December 2024 at 07:25 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 403 625 km (250 801 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 486 km (251 336 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 23:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 5 January 2025 at 19:46 in ♓ Pisces.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 15 December 2024 at 20:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.428°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.428° in the next southern standstill on 30 December 2024 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 30 December 2024 at 22:27 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.