Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 September 2008 at 14:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 7 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 107 of Meeus index or 1060 from Brown series.
Length of current 107 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 108 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠64.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠98.7°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 14:58, this is 12 days after last perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 20 September 2008 at 03:17 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 210 km (251 164 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2008. It is 1 198 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 159 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 September 2008 at 18:24 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.596°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.550° in the next southern standstill on 8 September 2008 at 06:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.