Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 May 2038 at 04:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2038 after 6 days on 18 May 2038 at 18:23.
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 474 of Meeus index or 1427 from Brown series.
Length of current 474 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes longer than next lunation 475 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠198.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠226°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 2 May 2038 at 08:35 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2038 at 13:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 372 443 km (231 425 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 249 km (223 227 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 9 May 2038 at 02:33 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2038 at 17:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2038 at 03:15 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.927°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.982° in the next southern standstill on 21 May 2038 at 19:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 18 May 2038 at 18:23 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.