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

Last Quarter in Virgo

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 57% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 December 2043 at 05:04 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 23 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2044 after 23 days on 14 January 2044 at 18:51.

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 ∠1854"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1951".

Lunation 543 / 1496

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 543 of Meeus index or 1496 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.8 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 11 minutes and it is 55 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2043. 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 6 hours and 27 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 36 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠179.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠179.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠204.4°.

Moon before apogee

6 days since point of perigee on 15 December 2043 at 22:01 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 December 2043 at 19:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 386 655 km

The Moon is 386 655 km (240 256 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 403 km (252 527 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 16:01 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 6 January 2044 at 06:50 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 16 December 2043 at 16:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.409° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.400° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 December 2043 at 12:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 31 December 2043 at 09:48 in ♑ Capricorn 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