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

Last Quarter in Cancer

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 46% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 September 2019 at 02:41 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Hunter Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2019 after 21 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08.

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 ∠1903"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1903" and ∠1912".

Lunation 243 / 1196

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 243 of Meeus index or 1196 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠356.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠356.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11.4°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 13 September 2019 at 13:32 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2019 at 02:27 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 376 609 km

The Moon is 376 609 km (234 014 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 803 km (222 328 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 8 September 2019 at 17:35 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 23 September 2019 at 06:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

14 days since the last southern standstill on 8 September 2019 at 09:39 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.539° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠22.681° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 September 2019 at 01:54 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 28 September 2019 at 18:26 in ♍ Virgo 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