Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 October 2008 at 09:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2008 after 6 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.
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 108 of Meeus index or 1061 from Brown series.
Length of current 108 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than next lunation 109 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠98.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠133.4°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 400 511 km (248 866 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 828 km (226 072 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.370°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.270° in the next northern standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.