Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 3 December 2015 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | December 2015

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

Last Quarter 48% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1780"

Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 21 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 196 / 1149

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the 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 position on

True anomaly ∠220.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠220.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠255.6°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after 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 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 402 773 km

The Moon is 402 773 km (250 272 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 800 km (251 531 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 21 November 2015 at 13:56 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 December 2015 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous 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 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.438° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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.

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