Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 August 2043 at 18:57 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2043 after 7 days on 20 August 2043 at 15:04.
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 539 of Meeus index or 1492 from Brown series.
Length of current 539 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes. It is 3 hours shorter than next lunation 540 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠57.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠88.7°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 08:32, this is 12 days after last perigee on 1 August 2043 at 05:13 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 26 August 2043 at 13:38 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 190 km (251 152 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2043. It is 1 218 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 139 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its descending node on 8 August 2043 at 16:43 in ♍ Virgo, 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 22 August 2043 at 23:42 in ♓ Pisces.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 2 August 2043 at 03:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.531°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.600° in the next southern standstill on 16 August 2043 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 20 August 2043 at 15:04 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.