Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 20 December 2046 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2046 | December 2046

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

Last Quarter 51% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 December 2046 at 14:43 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2047 after 22 days on 12 January 2047 at 01:21.

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 580 / 1533

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 580 of Meeus index or 1533 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 580 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than next lunation 581 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 58 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠35.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠35.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠60.8°. 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 before perigee

12 days after point of apogee on 7 December 2046 at 12:36 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 December 2046 at 05:06 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 364 124 km

Moon is 364 124 km (226 256 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 619 km (229 049 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 16 December 2046 at 00:01 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 December 2046 at 21:09 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, 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 13 December 2046 at 08:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.034°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.050° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2046 at 08:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 27 December 2046 at 10:39 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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