Quarter* ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 October 2009 at 00:42 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 8 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.
Length of current 121 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes. It is 3 hours and 7 minutes shorter than next lunation 122 length.
Length of current synodic month is 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠65.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠99.9°. 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 23:18, this is 12 days after last perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 in ♌ Leo. 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 7 November 2009 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 168 km (251 138 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2009. It is 1 240 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 117 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 08:52 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer.
At 08:52 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
2 days after previous South standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.951°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.856° in the next northern standstill on 5 November 2009 at 15:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.