Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 September 2053 at 21:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2053 after 7 days on 27 September 2053 at 21:50.
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 664 of Meeus index or 1617 from Brown series.
Length of current 664 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes shorter than next lunation 665 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 26 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 43 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠43.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠71.2°. 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 9 September 2053 at 15:22 in ♌ Leo. 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 21 September 2053 at 11:30 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 404 804 km (251 534 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 434 km (251 304 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 12 September 2053 at 03:56 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 September 2053 at 11:14 in ♓ Pisces.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 10:22 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.328°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.380° in its northern standstill point on 4 October 2053 at 08:58 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 27 September 2053 at 21:50 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.