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

Last Quarter in Aries

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 52% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 July 2002 at 17:19 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Buck Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2002 after 21 days on 24 July 2002 at 09:07.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1887".

Lunation 30 / 983

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 30 of Meeus index or 983 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes and it is 1 hour and 51 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 5 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 5 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠268.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠268.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠300.4°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 07:35 about 13 days since last perigee on 19 June 2002 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next perigee on 14 July 2002 at 13:13 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 404 211 km

This apogee Moon is 404 211 km (251 165 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2002. It is 1 197 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 160 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 23 June 2002 at 18:39 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 July 2002 at 04:15 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 25 June 2002 at 11:49 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.048° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.045° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 July 2002 at 22:03 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

21 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 7 days

In 7 days on 10 July 2002 at 10:26 in ♋ Cancer 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