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

Last Quarter in Pisces

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 55% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 June 2002 at 00:05 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2002 after 22 days on 24 June 2002 at 21:42.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1892".

Lunation 29 / 982

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute and it is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠233.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠233.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.1°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 403 192 km

The Moon is 403 192 km (250 532 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 524 km (251 360 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 June 2002 at 20:00 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.056° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.058° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 June 2002 at 14:17 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 10 June 2002 at 23:47 in ♊ Gemini 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