Gibbous ♍ Virgo
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 ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 May 2024 at 11:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 7 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.
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 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.
Length of current 301 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 302 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠60.7°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 404 361 km (251 258 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 641 km (251 432 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.465°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.401° in the next southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.