Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 May 2016 at 17:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 7 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
Length of current 202 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. 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 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus. 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 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 395 309 km (245 634 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 934 km (252 236 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces, 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 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.447°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.539° in the next southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.