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 ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 October 2026 at 16:13 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2026 after 6 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12.
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 331 of Meeus index or 1284 from Brown series.
Length of current 331 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 332 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠94.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠129.9°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 16 October 2026 at 22:56 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 October 2026 at 18:01 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 003 km (249 793 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 411 km (226 434 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 7 October 2026 at 01:19 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 October 2026 at 08:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 16 October 2026 at 02:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.892°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.795° in the next northern standstill on 29 October 2026 at 17:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.