Quarter ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* 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.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 7 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 8 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 November 2009 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 405 379 km (251 891 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 900 km (229 224 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.951°. Next 10 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 7 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.