Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 9 October 2020 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 10 October 2020 at 00:39 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 22 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.
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 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.
Length of current 256 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 257 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠341.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠357°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 389 781 km (242 199 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 913 km (221 775 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 13:07 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠24.613°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-24.708° in its southern standstill point on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.