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

Last Quarter in Leo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 54% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 9 November 2028 at 21:26 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2028 after 22 days on 2 December 2028 at 01:40.

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 ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1938".

Lunation 356 / 1309

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 356 of Meeus index or 1309 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes and it is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter 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 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠18.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠18.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠37.4°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 29 October 2028 at 06:55 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2028 at 05:53 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 368 792 km

The Moon is 368 792 km (229 157 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 613 km (225 939 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 7 November 2028 at 12:08 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 November 2028 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 5 November 2028 at 12:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.251° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.208° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 November 2028 at 07:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

16 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 7 days

In 7 days on 16 November 2028 at 13:18 in ♏ Scorpio 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