Quarter ♋ Cancer
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 ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 April 2009 at 14:34 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2009 after 7 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56.
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 114 of Meeus index or 1067 from Brown series.
Length of current 114 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than next lunation 115 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 lunation true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠311.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:31, this is 13 days after last apogee on 19 March 2009 at 13:16 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 16 April 2009 at 09:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 370 014 km (229 916 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2009. It is 7 506 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 342 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 22 March 2009 at 02:12 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 April 2009 at 07:22 in ♌ Leo.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 1 April 2009 at 02:50 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.780°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.665° in the next southern standstill on 14 April 2009 at 13:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 9 April 2009 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.