Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 December 2026 at 18:59 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2027 after 22 days on 22 January 2027 at 12:17.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 333 of Meeus index or 1286 from Brown series.
Length of current 333 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2026. It is 1 minute longer than next lunation 334 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠159.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠184.3°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 January 2027 at 08:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 385 616 km (239 611 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 610 km (252 656 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 27 December 2026 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 January 2027 at 15:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.620°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.636° in the next southern standstill on 5 January 2027 at 20:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 7 January 2027 at 20:24 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.