Quarter* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 4 December 2023 Monday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Virgo.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 ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 5 December 2023 at 05:49 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 22 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.
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 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.
Length of current 295 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 296 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠303.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 18:42, this is 12 days after last perigee on 21 November 2023 at 21:03 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 348 km (251 250 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 060 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 361 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its ascending node on 24 November 2023 at 11:02 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.191°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.151° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 12 December 2023 at 23:32 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.