Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 April 2001 at 10:49 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2001 after 6 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 15 of Meeus index or 968 from Brown series.
Length of current 15 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer than next lunation 16 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠267.3°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 20 March 2001 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 April 2001 at 10:04 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 366 149 km (227 514 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 815 km (226 686 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 09:01 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 14 April 2001 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 09:01 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
At 10:45 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.007°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.123° in its southern standstill point on 14 April 2001 at 11:36 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.