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

Last Quarter in Pisces

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 53% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 May 2024 at 17:13 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2024 after 22 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1892".

Lunation 301 / 1254

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠36° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠60.7°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 364 465 km

The Moon is 364 465 km (226 468 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 108 km (228 732 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.401° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.365° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 June 2024 at 16:40 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 6 June 2024 at 12:38 in ♊ Gemini 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