Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 18 August 2022 Thursday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 August 2022 at 04:36 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2022 after 22 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59.
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 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.
Length of current 279 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 280 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠230.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 August 2022 at 21:53 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 395 306 km (245 632 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 419 km (251 916 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 10:59 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 1 September 2022 at 21:12 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 10:59 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 9 August 2022 at 06:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.024°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.100° in the next northern standstill on 22 August 2022 at 15:08 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 27 August 2022 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.