Last Quarter Moon
Last Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Last Quarter in Virgo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 58% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 December 2015 at 07:40 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 is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 22 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.

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 ∠1792"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1946".

Lunation 196 / 1149

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes and it is 1 hour and 41 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 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠220.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠220.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠255.6°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 23 November 2015 at 20:06 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 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 400 041 km

The Moon is 400 041 km (248 574 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 800 km (251 531 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 21 November 2015 at 13:56 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 December 2015 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.384° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.438° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 11 December 2015 at 10:29 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