Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 October 2012 at 03:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October after 7 days on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.34% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1929".
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.
Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 158 of Meeus index or 1111 from Brown series.
Length of current 158 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 159.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠351.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).
5 days after point of perigee on 17 October 2012 at 01:02, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 10 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 1 November 2012 at 15:30.
Moon is 372 918 km (231 721 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 5 days, distance is 360 673 km (224 112 mi). Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 050 km (252 308 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 17 October 2012 at 18:27, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 October 2012 at 10:36.
4 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
3 days after previous South standstill on 19 October 2012 at 06:49, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.964°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 10 days to face North declination of ∠20.920° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2012 at 08:15.
After 7 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 29 October 2012 at 19:50.