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

Last Quarter in Cancer

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 53% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 October 2034 at 18:05 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Hunter Moon after 23 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2034 after 23 days on 27 October 2034 at 12:42.

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 ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1919".

Lunation 429 / 1382

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 429 of Meeus index or 1382 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 19 minutes and it is 2 hours and 25 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠108.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠108.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠141.4°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 30 September 2034 at 04:10 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 October 2034 at 00:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 367 853 km

The Moon is 367 853 km (228 573 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 022 km (252 290 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 27 September 2034 at 08:33 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 October 2034 at 06:34 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 01:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.200°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.265° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 18 October 2034 at 10:02.

Draconic month

21 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 October 2034 at 07:33 in ♎ Libra 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