Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 August 2053 at 04:27 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2053 after 7 days on 29 August 2053 at 07:53.
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 663 of Meeus index or 1616 from Brown series.
Length of current 663 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 55 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than next lunation 664 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 New Moon true anomaly is ∠23.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠43.5°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 12 August 2053 at 14:58 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 August 2053 at 18:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 399 322 km (248 127 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 238 km (251 803 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 15 August 2053 at 17:54 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 August 2053 at 03:39 in ♓ Pisces.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 10 August 2053 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.377°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.341° in the next southern standstill on 24 August 2053 at 02:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 29 August 2053 at 07:53 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.