Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 May 2019 at 01:12 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2019 after 6 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11.
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 239 of Meeus index or 1192 from Brown series.
Length of current 239 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 2 minutes longer than next lunation 240 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠263°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.1°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 28 April 2019 at 18:20 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 May 2019 at 21:53 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 363 336 km (225 767 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 017 km (229 297 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 9 May 2019 at 18:50 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 May 2019 at 19:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2019 at 05:46 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.243°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.313° in the next southern standstill on 22 May 2019 at 06:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.