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

Last Quarter in Aquarius

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 46% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 April 2025 at 01:36 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2025 after 21 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56.

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 ∠1877"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1909".

Lunation 312 / 1265

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 312 of Meeus index or 1265 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer 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 4 hours and 11 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠346.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠346.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠2.3°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 13 April 2025 at 22:48 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 April 2025 at 16:15 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 381 904 km

The Moon is 381 904 km (237 304 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 119 km (221 903 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 10 April 2025 at 19:56 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 April 2025 at 02:23 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 18 April 2025 at 13:24 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.630° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.573° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 May 2025 at 06:35 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 27 April 2025 at 19:31 in ♉ Taurus 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