Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 August 2068 at 07:38 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2068 after 5 days on 13 August 2068 at 09:51.
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 848 of Meeus index or 1801 from Brown series.
Length of current 848 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes shorter than next lunation 849 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠133.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠160.5°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 2 August 2068 at 08:59 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 14 August 2068 at 15:33 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 392 302 km (243 765 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 376 km (223 306 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 11:02 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 20 August 2068 at 00:01 in ♊ Gemini.
At 11:02 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
13 days after previous North standstill on 25 July 2068 at 08:58 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.350°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.234° in the next southern standstill on 9 August 2068 at 00:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 13 August 2068 at 09:51 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.