Gibbous ♎ Libra
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 ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 June 2010 at 04:30 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2010 after 6 days on 26 June 2010 at 11:30.
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 129 of Meeus index or 1082 from Brown series.
Length of current 129 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 26 minutes. It is 58 minutes longer than next lunation 130 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠311.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 15 June 2010 at 14:54 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 July 2010 at 10:12 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 366 365 km (227 649 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 036 km (251 678 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 13 June 2010 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 June 2010 at 01:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 12 June 2010 at 07:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.030°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.038° in the next southern standstill on 25 June 2010 at 05:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 26 June 2010 at 11:30 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.