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 55% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 March 2043 at 01:07 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 ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2043 after 22 days on 25 March 2043 at 14:26.

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 ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1935".

Lunation 533 / 1486

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 533 of Meeus index or 1486 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 2 minutes and it is 2 hours and 5 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠303°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠303° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠327.1°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 1 March 2043 at 13:38 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 March 2043 at 09:10 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 403 064 km

The Moon is 403 064 km (250 452 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 515 km (225 256 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 26 February 2043 at 15:03 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 12 March 2043 at 14:36 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 19 February 2043 at 03:26 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.529° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.608° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 March 2043 at 13:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 11 March 2043 at 09:09 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