Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 April 2023 at 21:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 7 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
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 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.
Length of current 288 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 289 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠92.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:43, this is 12 days after last perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 11 May 2023 at 04:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 300 km (251 220 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2023. It is 1 108 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 249 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.957°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.937° in the next southern standstill on 9 May 2023 at 09:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.