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

Last Quarter in Virgo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 54% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 December 2024 at 22:18 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2025 after 22 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27.

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 ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1951".

Lunation 308 / 1261

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 308 of Meeus index or 1261 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes and it is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠235.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠235.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠272.9°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since 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.

Distance to Moon 403 625 km

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 in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 23:21 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 5 January 2025 at 19:46 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern 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.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

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.

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