Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 April 2001 at 17:08 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 6 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.
Length of current 16 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than next lunation 17 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠267.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠299.7°. 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 2 May 2001 at 03:37 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 363 345 km (225 772 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 426 km (229 551 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 28 April 2001 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 28 April 2001 at 16:18 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.248°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.329° in the next southern standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.