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

Last Quarter in Aquarius

Last Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 53% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 May 2083 at 18:30 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 in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2083 after 22 days on 31 May 2083 at 09:42.

Moderate tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1889"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1889" and ∠1901".

Lunation 1030 / 1983

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating through the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1030 of Meeus index or 1983 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 4 minutes and it is 40 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 3 hours and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠156.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠156.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠180.3°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 2 May 2083 at 12:57 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 May 2083 at 17:26 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 379 397 km

The Moon is 379 397 km (235 746 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 663 km (252 689 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 08:03 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 22 May 2083 at 23:17 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 4 May 2083 at 19:46 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.010° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.923° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 May 2083 at 00:24 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 08:03 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 16 May 2083 at 18:14 in ♉ Taurus 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