Quarter ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 31 May 2028 at 07:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2028 after 6 days on 7 June 2028 at 06:09.
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 351 of Meeus index or 1304 from Brown series.
Length of current 351 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes. It is 1 hour and 37 minutes longer than next lunation 352 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 36 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠278.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠308.1°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 06:18, this is 13 days after last apogee on 17 May 2028 at 09:55 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 June 2028 at 04:46 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 369 758 km (229 757 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2028. It is 7 250 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 598 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 28 May 2028 at 00:41 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 June 2028 at 02:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 25 May 2028 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.917°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.908° in the next southern standstill on 7 June 2028 at 11:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 7 June 2028 at 06:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.