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

Last Quarter in Cancer

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 46% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 22 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 September 2076 at 01:06 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Hunter Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2076 after 21 days on 12 October 2076 at 09:37.

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 ∠1806"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1911".

Lunation 948 / 1901

The Moon is 22 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 948 of Meeus index or 1901 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes and it is 21 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2076. 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 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠193.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠193.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠219.7°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 12 September 2076 at 01:19 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 September 2076 at 11:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 396 958 km

The Moon is 396 958 km (246 658 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 798 km (252 151 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 19 September 2076 at 11:58 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 October 2076 at 00:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 8 September 2076 at 07:25 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.585° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.689° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 September 2076 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 28 September 2076 at 05:27 in ♎ Libra 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