Quarter* ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 21 May 2071 Thursday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.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 ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 May 2071 at 06:18 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2071 after 22 days on 12 June 2071 at 17:36.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 882 of Meeus index or 1835 from Brown series.
Length of current 882 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 883 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 11 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠313.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2071 at 23:14 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 May 2071 at 00:58 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 401 651 km (249 574 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 783 km (224 180 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 10 May 2071 at 11:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 May 2071 at 23:39 in ♓ Pisces.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 17 May 2071 at 00:17 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.342°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.383° in the next northern standstill on 30 May 2071 at 20:30 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 29 May 2071 at 11:17 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.