Gibbous ♍ Virgo
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 ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 April 2053 at 11:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2053 after 6 days on 2 May 2053 at 20:25.
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 659 of Meeus index or 1612 from Brown series.
Length of current 659 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 660 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠316.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠336.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 21 April 2053 at 13:57 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 May 2053 at 10:56 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 369 389 km (229 528 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 235 km (251 801 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 16 April 2053 at 08:30 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2053 at 02:42 in ♍ Virgo.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 23 April 2053 at 01:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.271°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.351° in the next southern standstill on 6 May 2053 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 2 May 2053 at 20:25 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.