Quarter ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 November 2026 at 11:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1802" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2026 after 7 days on 24 November 2026 at 14:53.
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 332 of Meeus index or 1285 from Brown series.
Length of current 332 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 333 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠129.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠159.4°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 13 November 2026 at 17:50 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 November 2026 at 20:58 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 397 717 km (247 130 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 348 km (223 288 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 11:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 30 November 2026 at 03:34 in ♌ Leo.
At 11:49 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
5 days after previous South standstill on 12 November 2026 at 09:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.697°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.645° in the next northern standstill on 26 November 2026 at 02:01 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 24 November 2026 at 14:53 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.