Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 September 2026 at 20:44 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 ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2026 after 7 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49.
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 330 of Meeus index or 1283 from Brown series.
Length of current 330 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 23 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than next lunation 331 length.
Length of current synodic month is 21 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 48 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠61.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠94.5°. 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 03:00, this is 12 days after last perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer. 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 1 October 2026 at 20:41 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 217 km (251 169 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2026. It is 1 191 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 166 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 9 September 2026 at 19:17 in ♌ Leo, 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 24 September 2026 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 18 September 2026 at 18:54 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.065°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.989° in the next northern standstill on 2 October 2026 at 11:35 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.