Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 31 December 2026 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | December 2026

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

Last Quarter 43% illuminated

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.

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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 ∠18° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1859"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2027 after 22 days on 22 January 2027 at 12:17.

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 333 / 1286

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.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

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.

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠159.4°

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°).

Moon before apogee

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.

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Distance to Moon 385 616 km

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).

Moon after descending node

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.

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Draconic month

16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

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.

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Syzygy in 7 days

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.

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