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

Last Quarter in Virgo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 49% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 December 2022 at 08:56 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 21 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.

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 ∠1817"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1950".

Lunation 283 / 1236

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes and it is 44 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠325.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠325.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344.3°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 394 571 km

The Moon is 394 571 km (245 175 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 270 km (222 619 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 5 December 2022 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 9 December 2022 at 21:22 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.432° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.418° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 23 December 2022 at 10:17 in ♑ Capricorn 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