Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 September 2009 at 04:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 6 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.
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 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.
Length of current 120 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 121 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠65.2°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 405 127 km (251 734 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 432 km (251 302 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 in ♋ Cancer, 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 28 September 2009 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.188°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.057° in the next northern standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.