Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
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 ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 July 2008 at 04:35 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2008 after 6 days on 18 July 2008 at 07:59.
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 105 of Meeus index or 1058 from Brown series.
Length of current 105 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 106 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠20.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠39.2°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 1 July 2008 at 21:22 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 July 2008 at 04:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 401 179 km (249 281 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 452 km (251 936 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 5 July 2008 at 15:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 July 2008 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 1 July 2008 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.541°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.566° in the next southern standstill on 15 July 2008 at 15:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 18 July 2008 at 07:59 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.