Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
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 ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 October 2023 at 03:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2023 after 6 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24.
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 294 of Meeus index or 1247 from Brown series.
Length of current 294 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 32 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes longer than next lunation 295 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.5°. 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 10 October 2023 at 03:41 in ♌ Leo. 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 26 October 2023 at 02:53 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 365 513 km (227 119 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 873 km (226 722 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 15 October 2023 at 01:11 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 October 2023 at 03:14 in ♈ Aries.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 20 October 2023 at 09:19 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.305°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.288° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2023 at 05:12 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 28 October 2023 at 20:24 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.