Quarter ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 October 2053 at 16:54 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2053 after 7 days on 27 October 2053 at 10:38.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 665 of Meeus index or 1618 from Brown series.
Length of current 665 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 666 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠71.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠106.8°. 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 07:14, this is 12 days after last perigee on 6 October 2053 at 10:09 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 31 October 2053 at 10:02 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 289 km (251 214 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2053. It is 1 119 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 238 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its ascending node on 9 October 2053 at 12:15 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 October 2053 at 18:33 in ♓ Pisces.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 17 October 2053 at 18:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.447°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.541° in the next northern standstill on 31 October 2053 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 27 October 2053 at 10:38 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.