Quarter ♎ Libra
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 June 2016 at 08:10 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 7 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.
Length of current 203 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 204 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 400 382 km (248 786 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 022 km (251 669 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 June 2016 at 05:28 in ♓ Pisces.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.575°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.610° in the next southern standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.