Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 September 2042 at 13:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2042 after 5 days on 29 September 2042 at 10:34.
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 528 of Meeus index or 1481 from Brown series.
Length of current 528 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 529 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠152.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠177.1°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 17 September 2042 at 04:21 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 September 2042 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 386 738 km (240 308 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 428 km (222 095 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 16 September 2042 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 September 2042 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 22 September 2042 at 20:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.465°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.491° in the next northern standstill on 5 October 2042 at 09:09 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 29 September 2042 at 10:34 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.