Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 May 2044 at 10:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2044 after 6 days on 12 May 2044 at 00:16.
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 548 of Meeus index or 1501 from Brown series.
Length of current 548 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes longer than next lunation 549 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 47 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 22 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠328.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.6°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 29 April 2044 at 18:30 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 May 2044 at 11:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 373 349 km (231 988 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 736 km (252 113 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 24 April 2044 at 08:06 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2044 at 23:24 in ♍ Virgo.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 1 May 2044 at 05:01 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.450°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.366° in the next southern standstill on 15 May 2044 at 00:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 12 May 2044 at 00:16 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.