Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 July 2014 at 11:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2014 after 5 days on 12 July 2014 at 11:25.
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 179 of Meeus index or 1132 from Brown series.
Length of current 179 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 180 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠169.2°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 30 June 2014 at 19:09 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 July 2014 at 08:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 389 702 km (242 150 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 259 km (222 612 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 09:50 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 18 July 2014 at 21:21 in ♈ Aries.
At 09:50 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous North standstill on 26 June 2014 at 08:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.035°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.982° in the next southern standstill on 10 July 2014 at 17:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 12 July 2014 at 11:25 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.