Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 July 2012 at 08:56 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2012 after 5 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27.
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 155 of Meeus index or 1108 from Brown series.
Length of current 155 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 156 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠283.7°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2012 at 16:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 July 2012 at 08:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 363 360 km (225 781 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 318 km (228 241 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 14 July 2012 at 20:55 in ♉ Taurus, 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 July 2012 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 16 July 2012 at 01:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.665°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.592° in the next southern standstill on 29 July 2012 at 12:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 2 August 2012 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.