Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 April 2042 at 02:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2042 after 6 days on 5 May 2042 at 06:48.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 523 of Meeus index or 1476 from Brown series.
Length of current 523 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2042. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 524 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.6°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 19 April 2042 at 04:27 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 May 2042 at 15:06 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 399 752 km (248 394 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 696 km (252 088 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 19 April 2042 at 21:10 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2042 at 18:54 in ♎ Libra.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 24 April 2042 at 14:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.217°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.181° in the next southern standstill on 9 May 2042 at 06:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 5 May 2042 at 06:48 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.