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 ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 May 2025 at 13:52 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1833" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2025 after 7 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56.
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 313 of Meeus index or 1266 from Brown series.
Length of current 313 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 31 minutes. It is 2 minutes longer than next lunation 314 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠2.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.8°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2025 at 16:15 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 May 2025 at 00:49 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 391 071 km (243 000 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 245 km (252 429 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 25 April 2025 at 02:23 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 May 2025 at 23:44 in ♍ Virgo.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 1 May 2025 at 06:35 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.573°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.484° in the next southern standstill on 15 May 2025 at 18:44 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.