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 43% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 November 2006 at 17:45 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 ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Cold Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2006 after 21 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25.

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 ∠1784"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1939".

Lunation 84 / 1037

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 84 of Meeus index or 1037 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.71 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 4 minutes and it is 1 hour 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 4 hours and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠207.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠207.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠238.7°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 3 November 2006 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries 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 15 November 2006 at 23:20 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 401 752 km

The Moon is 401 752 km (249 637 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 193 km (251 775 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 2 November 2006 at 06:55 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 November 2006 at 13:25 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 8 November 2006 at 17:58 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.531° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.442° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 November 2006 at 07:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 20 November 2006 at 22:18 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