Crescent ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 December 2022 at 08:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 21 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 44 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344.3°.
4 days after 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.
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).
10 days after ascending node on 5 December 2022 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous 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.
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.