Quarter ♎ Libra
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 December 2026 at 18:59 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1882" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2027 after 23 days on 22 January 2027 at 12:17.
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 333 of Meeus index or 1286 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2026. It is 1 minute 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 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠159.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠184.3°.
6 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 January 2027 at 08:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 380 771 km (236 600 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 610 km (252 656 mi).
3 days after descending node on 27 December 2026 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 January 2027 at 15:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.620°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.636° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 January 2027 at 20:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 7 January 2027 at 20:24 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.