Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
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 15 September 2010 at 05:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2010 after 6 days on 23 September 2010 at 09:17.
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 132 of Meeus index or 1085 from Brown series.
Length of current 132 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 133 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠20.4°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 8 September 2010 at 04:00 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 September 2010 at 08:03 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 393 955 km (244 792 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 169 km (252 382 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 13:56 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 1 October 2010 at 02:42 in ♋ Cancer.
At 13:56 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous South standstill on 14 September 2010 at 23:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.710°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.555° in the next northern standstill on 29 September 2010 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 23 September 2010 at 09:17 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.