Quarter ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 2 December 2072 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 December 2072 at 19:22 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2072 after 22 days on 25 December 2072 at 07:15.
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 901 of Meeus index or 1854 from Brown series.
Length of current 901 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 38 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 902 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠41.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠69°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
13 days after point of apogee on 19 November 2072 at 08:15 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 December 2072 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 363 797 km (226 053 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 748 km (229 751 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 07:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 15 December 2072 at 14:09 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 07:21 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous North standstill on 28 November 2072 at 02:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.023°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.074° in the next southern standstill on 11 December 2072 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 9 December 2072 at 16:59 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.