Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 August 2040 at 18:36 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2040 after 5 days on 22 August 2040 at 09:09.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 502 of Meeus index or 1455 from Brown series.
Length of current 502 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 47 minutes. It is 35 minutes longer than next lunation 503 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠199°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠226.5°. 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 5 August 2040 at 23:43 in ♋ Cancer. 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 21 August 2040 at 03:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 370 763 km (230 381 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 359 km (223 295 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 05:30 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 28 August 2040 at 19:18 in ♉ Taurus.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 4 August 2040 at 21:26 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.211°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.313° in the next southern standstill on 18 August 2040 at 23:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 22 August 2040 at 09:09 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.