Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 May 2017 at 02:47 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 7 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.
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 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.
Length of current 214 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 215 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 375 777 km (233 497 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 212 km (252 408 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius, 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 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.187°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.302° in the next southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.