Quarter ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 24 December 2051 at 23:21 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2052 after 22 days on 16 January 2052 at 04:24.
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 642 of Meeus index or 1595 from Brown series.
Length of current 642 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 643 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠214.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.4°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 15 December 2051 at 19:57 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 December 2051 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 399 799 km (248 424 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 014 km (251 664 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 13 December 2051 at 08:09 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2051 at 10:39 in ♎ Libra.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 17 December 2051 at 14:21 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.789°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.780° in the next southern standstill on 31 December 2051 at 19:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 2 January 2052 at 03:05 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.