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

Last Quarter in Taurus

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 57% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 August 2022 at 04:36 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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2022 after 22 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59.

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 ∠1813"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1896".

Lunation 279 / 1232

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes and it is 45 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 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠202°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠202° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠230.2°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 August 2022 at 21:53 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 395 306 km

The Moon is 395 306 km (245 632 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 419 km (251 916 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 10:59 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 1 September 2022 at 21:12 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 9 August 2022 at 06:36 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.024° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.100° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 August 2022 at 15:08 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 10:59 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 27 August 2022 at 08:17 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