Quarter ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 September 2044 at 03:30 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1916".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2044 after 7 days on 7 October 2044 at 00:30.
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 553 of Meeus index or 1506 from Brown series.
Length of current 553 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes. It is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 554 length.
Length of current synodic month is 11 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 58 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠57.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠90.4°. 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 15:06, this is 12 days after last perigee on 17 September 2044 at 12:14 in ♌ Leo. 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 12 October 2044 at 15:35 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 238 km (251 182 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2044. It is 1 170 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 187 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 20 September 2044 at 04:05 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 October 2044 at 10:56 in ♓ Pisces.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 28 September 2044 at 07:55 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.424°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.347° in the next northern standstill on 12 October 2044 at 04:53 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 7 October 2044 at 00:30 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.