Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 September 2022 at 18:08 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2022 after 5 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59.
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 280 of Meeus index or 1233 from Brown series.
Length of current 280 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 281 length.
Length of current synodic month is 53 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 10 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠230.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠265.5°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 22 August 2022 at 21:53 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 September 2022 at 18:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 364 872 km (226 721 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 491 km (226 484 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 1 September 2022 at 21:12 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 September 2022 at 14:49 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 22 August 2022 at 15:08 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.100°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.219° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2022 at 13:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.