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 53% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 19 March 2036 at 18:39 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 leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Pink Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2036 after 22 days on 10 April 2036 at 20:22.

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 ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1927".

Lunation 447 / 1400

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 447 of Meeus index or 1400 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 57 minutes and it is 3 hours and 21 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 3 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠223.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠223.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠258.5°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 10 March 2036 at 02:38 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 March 2036 at 21:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 402 185 km

The Moon is 402 185 km (249 906 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 752 km (251 501 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 10 March 2036 at 13:58 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 24 March 2036 at 11:54 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 7 March 2036 at 07:25 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.281° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.336° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 March 2036 at 12:11 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 27 March 2036 at 20:57 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