Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 August 2001 at 19:55 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2001 after 7 days on 2 September 2001 at 21:43.
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 20 of Meeus index or 973 from Brown series.
Length of current 20 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 32 minutes. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 21 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 57 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠358.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠13.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
7 days after point of perigee on 19 August 2001 at 05:43 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 September 2001 at 23:26 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 387 347 km (240 686 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 332 km (252 483 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 15 August 2001 at 17:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 August 2001 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 16 August 2001 at 03:52 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.488°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.546° in the next southern standstill on 28 August 2001 at 23:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 2 September 2001 at 21:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.