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 43% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 November 2068 at 17:33 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2068 after 21 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42.

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 ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1941".

Lunation 851 / 1804

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 851 of Meeus index or 1804 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 25 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 22 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠209.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠209.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠241.5°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 7 November 2068 at 20:44 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 November 2068 at 19:10 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 402 147 km

The Moon is 402 147 km (249 883 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 230 km (251 798 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 9 November 2068 at 19:59 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2068 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 11 November 2068 at 15:07 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.651° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.658° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 November 2068 at 02:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 24 November 2068 at 21:42 in ♏ Scorpio 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