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

Last Quarter in Libra

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 56% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 December 2064 at 23:50 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 is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2065 after 22 days on 22 January 2065 at 09:53.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1951".

Lunation 803 / 1756

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 803 of Meeus index or 1756 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes and it is 2 hours and 1 minute 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠33° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.9°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 18 December 2064 at 01:06 in ♈ Aries 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 2 January 2065 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 365 051 km

The Moon is 365 051 km (226 832 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 142 km (228 753 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 26 December 2064 at 08:47 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 January 2065 at 05:38 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 22 December 2064 at 22:07 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.786° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.815° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 January 2065 at 00:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 6 January 2065 at 19:15 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