Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 August 2022 at 11:06 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1943" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2022 after 5 days on 12 August 2022 at 01:36.
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 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.
Length of current 279 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 280 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠230.2°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 26 July 2022 at 10:22 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 368 848 km (229 192 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 830 km (223 588 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 5 August 2022 at 20:30 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 18 August 2022 at 10:59 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 26 July 2022 at 09:19 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.941°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.024° in the next southern standstill on 9 August 2022 at 06:36 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 12 August 2022 at 01:36 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.