Last Quarter Moon
Last Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Last Quarter in Leo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 50% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 November 2001 at 12:21 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2001 after 22 days on 30 November 2001 at 20:49.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1937".

Lunation 22 / 975

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 22 of Meeus index or 975 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes and it is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠30.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠30.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠53.5°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 26 October 2001 at 20:12 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 11 November 2001 at 17:37 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 364 716 km

The Moon is 364 716 km (226 624 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 259 km (228 204 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 4 November 2001 at 23:58 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 November 2001 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 6 November 2001 at 00:19 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.154° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.211° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 November 2001 at 22:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 15 November 2001 at 06:40 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov