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

Last Quarter in Sagittarius

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 11 March 2026 at 09:39 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2026 after 21 days on 2 April 2026 at 02:12.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1931".

Lunation 323 / 1276

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 323 of Meeus index or 1276 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes and it is 2 hours and 54 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 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠276.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠276.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠307.9°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 10 March 2026 at 13:43 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 22 March 2026 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 404 952 km

The Moon is 404 952 km (251 626 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 858 km (227 955 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 3 March 2026 at 04:35 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 March 2026 at 15:22 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 21:12 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.416°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2026. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.371° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 25 March 2026 at 04:46.

Draconic month

21 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 7 days

In 7 days on 19 March 2026 at 01:23 in ♓ Pisces 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