Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 April 2007 at 06:36 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1822" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2007 after 6 days on 2 May 2007 at 10:09.
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 90 of Meeus index or 1043 from Brown series.
Length of current 90 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 51 minutes. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 91 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19.8°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 17 April 2007 at 05:55 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 April 2007 at 10:57 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 393 422 km (244 461 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 209 km (252 407 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 14 April 2007 at 17:34 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 April 2007 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 21 April 2007 at 13:36 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.446°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.341° in the next southern standstill on 6 May 2007 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 2 May 2007 at 10:09 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.