Quarter ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 3 May 2021 Monday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 May 2021 at 19:50 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2021 after 22 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.
Length of current 263 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 264 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠154.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠178.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
5 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 378 632 km (235 271 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 512 km (252 595 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 13 May 2021 at 10:29 in ♊ Gemini.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2021 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.591°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.640° in the next northern standstill on 15 May 2021 at 22:25 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 11 May 2021 at 19:00 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.