Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 10 January 2026 at 15:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2026 after 21 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 321 of Meeus index or 1274 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours 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 5 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠207°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠239°.
9 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 402 024 km (249 806 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 437 km (251 927 mi).
4 days after descending node on 7 January 2026 at 11:22 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 January 2026 at 00:03 in ♓ Pisces.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 2 January 2026 at 08:20 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.265°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.302° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 January 2026 at 05:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 18 January 2026 at 19:52 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.