Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 26 September 2013 Thursday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 27 September 2013 at 03:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2013 after 22 days on 18 October 2013 at 23:38.
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.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 169 of Meeus index or 1122 from Brown series.
Length of current 169 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 170 length.
Length of current synodic month is 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠249.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠285.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
10 days after point of perigee on 15 September 2013 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 September 2013 at 18:17 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 404 644 km (251 434 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 309 km (251 226 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 22 September 2013 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 October 2013 at 22:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:03 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠19.599°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-19.537° in its southern standstill point on 9 October 2013 at 23:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 5 October 2013 at 00:35 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.