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 54% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 November 2005 at 22:11 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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Cold Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2005 after 22 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16.

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 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1943".

Lunation 72 / 1025

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 72 of Meeus index or 1025 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 25 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 52 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 11 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠273.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠273.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠306.3°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 06:17 about 13 days since last perigee on 10 November 2005 at 00:15 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next perigee on 5 December 2005 at 04:32 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 404 371 km

This apogee Moon is 404 371 km (251 264 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 037 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 338 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 13 November 2005 at 02:02 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 November 2005 at 07:13 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 18 November 2005 at 23:39 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.471° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.415° at the point of next southern standstill on 3 December 2005 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 1 December 2005 at 15:01 in ♐ Sagittarius 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