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 48% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 March 2040 at 07:19 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 ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 22 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.

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 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1933".

Lunation 496 / 1449

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 496 of Meeus index or 1449 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes and it is 52 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 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠30.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠30.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠53.5°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 364 354 km

The Moon is 364 354 km (226 399 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 227 km (228 184 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.645° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.776° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 13 March 2040 at 01:46 in ♓ Pisces 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