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 42% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 June 2014 at 18:39 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 2014 after 21 days on 12 July 2014 at 11:25.

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 ∠1928"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1888".

Lunation 178 / 1131

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 178 of Meeus index or 1131 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠112.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠112.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.1°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 15 June 2014 at 03:34 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 June 2014 at 19:09 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 371 834 km

The Moon is 371 834 km (231 047 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 932 km (252 234 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 9 June 2014 at 05:36 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 June 2014 at 20:30 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 13 June 2014 at 06:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.033° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.035° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 June 2014 at 08:34 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 27 June 2014 at 08:09 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