Quarter ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 December 2024 at 22:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2025 after 22 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27.
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 308 of Meeus index or 1261 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠235.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠272.9°.
9 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 December 2024 at 07:25 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 403 625 km (250 801 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 486 km (251 336 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 23:21 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 5 January 2025 at 19:46 in ♓ Pisces.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 15 December 2024 at 20:12 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.428°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.428° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 December 2024 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 8 days on 30 December 2024 at 22:27 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.