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

Last Quarter in Gemini

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 50% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 5 September 2034 at 11:41 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2034 after 22 days on 28 September 2034 at 02:57.

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 ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1903".

Lunation 428 / 1381

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 428 of Meeus index or 1381 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 21 minutes and it is 2 hours and 58 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 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠73.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠73.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠108.6°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 2 September 2034 at 15:31 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 September 2034 at 07:04 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 364 325 km

The Moon is 364 325 km (226 381 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 970 km (251 637 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 30 August 2034 at 22:58 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 12 September 2034 at 23:47 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 24 August 2034 at 17:42 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.219° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.184° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 September 2034 at 19:37 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 12 September 2034 at 16:14 in ♍ Virgo 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