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

Last Quarter in Gemini

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 26 August 2024 at 09:26 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 22 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.

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 ∠1924"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1899".

Lunation 304 / 1257

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes and it is 2 hours and 11 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠127.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠127.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 September 2024 at 14:55 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 372 643 km

The Moon is 372 643 km (231 550 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 215 km (252 410 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 September 2024 at 05:43 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.546° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠28.606° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55 in ♍ Virgo 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