Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 August 2044 at 09:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2044 after 6 days on 7 September 2044 at 11:24.
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 552 of Meeus index or 1505 from Brown series.
Length of current 552 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 57 minutes. It is 2 hours and 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 553 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 47 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 22 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠34°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠57.9°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 20 August 2044 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 September 2044 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 404 207 km (251 163 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 738 km (251 493 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 23 August 2044 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo, 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 7 September 2044 at 03:06 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 23:59 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.478°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.463° in its northern standstill point on 14 September 2044 at 23:32 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 7 September 2044 at 11:24 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.