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Moon at Last Quarter

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon will pass last quarter phase, rising in the middle of the night and appearing prominent in the pre-dawn sky.

From San Diego, it will be visible from soon after it rises, at 01:57, until soon before it sets at 12:04.

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At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated.

The Moon orbits the Earth once every four weeks, causing its phases to cycle through new moon, first quarter, full moon, last quarter, and back to new moon once every 29.5 days.

As it progresses through this cycle, it is visible at different times of day. At last quarter, it rises in the middle of the night and appears high in the sky by dawn. It sets at around lunchtime. More information about the Moon's phases is available here.

Observing the Moon at last quarter

Over coming days, the Moon will rise later each day, so that it is visible for less time before sunrise and rises less far above the eastern horizon before dawn. By the time it reaches new moon, it will rise at around dawn and set at around dusk, making it visible only during the daytime.

Its daily progress is charted below, with all times are given in San Diego local time.

Date Sun
rises at
rises at
Altitude of Moon
at sunrise
Direction of Moon
at sunrise
31 Mar 202906:3520:16south-west
01 Apr 202906:3321:2916°south-west
02 Apr 202906:3222:4022°south-west
03 Apr 202906:3123:4728°south-west
04 Apr 202906:3000:4632°south
05 Apr 202906:2801:3834°south
06 Apr 202906:2702:2135°south
07 Apr 202906:2602:5934°south-east
08 Apr 202906:2403:3131°south-east
09 Apr 202906:2304:0127°south-east
10 Apr 202906:2204:2922°east
11 Apr 202906:2104:5617°east

The exact moment of last quarter

The exact moment of last quarter is defined as the time when the Moon's ecliptic longitude is exactly 90° away from the Sun's ecliptic longitude, as observed from the center of the Earth. However, the Moon does not appear in any way special at this instant in time, and a last quarter moon can be observed at any time in the pre-dawn sky.

At the moment it reaches last quarter, the Moon's distance from the Earth will be 386,000 km. Its celestial coordinates will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 19h08m30s 21°49'S Sagittarius 30'56"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 5 Apr 2029

The sky on 5 April 2029
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

21-day old moon
Waning Crescent


21 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:57 13:28 19:58
Venus 06:44 13:03 19:22
Moon 01:38 06:46 11:57
Mars 17:45 23:54 06:04
Jupiter 19:36 01:20 07:03
Saturn 07:48 14:25 21:02
All times shown in PDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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05 Apr 2029  –  Moon at Last Quarter
13 Apr 2029  –  New Moon
21 Apr 2029  –  Moon at First Quarter
28 Apr 2029  –  Full Moon

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Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.


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