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 55% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 March 2028 at 23:23 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 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2028 after 22 days on 9 April 2028 at 10:27.

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 ∠1835"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1928".

Lunation 348 / 1301

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 348 of Meeus index or 1301 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 54 minutes and it is 2 hours and 38 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 5 hours and 10 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠186.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠186.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠212.1°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 10 March 2028 at 08:23 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 March 2028 at 23:24 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 390 625 km

The Moon is 390 625 km (242 723 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 096 km (252 336 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 7 March 2028 at 18:06 in ♋ Cancer 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 20 March 2028 at 16:19 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 10:25 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.380°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.235° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 1 April 2028 at 03:04.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 26 March 2028 at 04:31 in ♈ Aries 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