Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 October 2024 at 18:55 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2024 after 5 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26.
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 306 of Meeus index or 1259 from Brown series.
Length of current 306 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2024. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 307 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠179.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠204.3°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 2 October 2024 at 19:40 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 October 2024 at 00:46 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 377 317 km (234 454 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 173 km (221 937 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 2 October 2024 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 16 October 2024 at 07:05 in ♈ Aries.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 9 October 2024 at 11:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.684°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.653° in the next northern standstill on 22 October 2024 at 00:50 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.