Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 21 April 2006 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | April 2006

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 46% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 April 2006 at 03:28 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1955"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1909".

Flower Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2006 after 21 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 27 April 2006 at 19:44
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 5 May 2006 at 05:13
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 13 May 2006 at 06:51
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 20 May 2006 at 09:21

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.

Lunation 77 / 1030

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. It is 13 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the 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 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠19°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠19°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.4°.

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo. 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 25 April 2006 at 10:38 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 366 583 km

The Moon is 366 583 km (227 784 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 737 km (226 016 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 April 2006 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 18 April 2006 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.668°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.616° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 May 2006 at 16:26 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 27 April 2006 at 19:44 in ♉ Taurus 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.

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