Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 October 2001 at 02:58 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2001 after 6 days on 1 November 2001 at 05:41.
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 22 of Meeus index or 975 from Brown series.
Length of current 22 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than next lunation 23 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.5°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 14 October 2001 at 23:02 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 October 2001 at 20:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 404 200 km (251 158 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 937 km (251 616 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 21 October 2001 at 13:22 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 November 2001 at 23:58 in ♊ Gemini.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 22 October 2001 at 13:05 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.041°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.154° in the next northern standstill on 6 November 2001 at 00:19 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 1 November 2001 at 05:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.