Quarter* ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 2 January 2043 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 January 2043 at 06:08 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2043 after 22 days on 25 January 2043 at 06:56.
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.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 531 of Meeus index or 1484 from Brown series.
Length of current 531 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 24 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 532 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
9 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2042 at 02:12 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 January 2043 at 19:56 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 402 460 km (250 077 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 558 km (251 381 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 21 December 2042 at 04:46 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 January 2043 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 26 December 2042 at 13:20 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.289°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.311° in the next southern standstill on 9 January 2043 at 20:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 11 January 2043 at 06:53 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.