Quarter ♎ Libra
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 June 2024 at 05:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2024 after 7 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 302 of Meeus index or 1255 from Brown series.
Length of current 302 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 20 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 303 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠60.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠93.2°. 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 13:36, this is 12 days after last perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries. 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 27 June 2024 at 11:45 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 078 km (251 082 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2024. It is 1 330 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 27 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 June 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 7 June 2024 at 16:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.365°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.345° in the next southern standstill on 22 June 2024 at 02:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.