Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 August 2009 at 11:42 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1900".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2009 after 7 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03.
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 119 of Meeus index or 1072 from Brown series.
Length of current 119 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 120 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠20.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠39.3°. 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 19 August 2009 at 04:53 in ♌ Leo. 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 31 August 2009 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 400 328 km (248 752 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 269 km (251 822 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 18 August 2009 at 14:06 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2009 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:17 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.391°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.289° in its northern standstill point on 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 4 September 2009 at 16:03 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.