Gibbous ♌ Leo
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 ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 April 2028 at 19:15 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2028 after 5 days on 9 April 2028 at 10:27.
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 349 of Meeus index or 1302 from Brown series.
Length of current 349 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 350 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 31 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠212.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠243.3°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 22 March 2028 at 23:24 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2028 at 16:02 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 367 712 km (228 486 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 361 km (224 539 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 22:08 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 16 April 2028 at 17:56 in ♑ Capricorn.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 1 April 2028 at 03:04 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.235°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.138° in the next southern standstill on 13 April 2028 at 18:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 9 April 2028 at 10:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.