Quarter* ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 4 January 2051 Wednesday 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 5 January 2051 at 04:29 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2051 after 22 days on 26 January 2051 at 21:20.
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 630 of Meeus index or 1583 from Brown series.
Length of current 630 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes longer than next lunation 631 length.
Length of current synodic month is 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠282.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠313.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 00:04, this is 14 days after last perigee on 20 December 2050 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2051 at 18:23 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 452 km (251 315 mi) away from Earth. It is 956 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 257 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 24 December 2050 at 02:37 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 January 2051 at 05:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 27 December 2050 at 00:57 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.815°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.761° in the next southern standstill on 10 January 2051 at 12:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 12 January 2051 at 18:58 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.