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Moon phase on 4 September 2068 Tuesday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2068 | September 2068

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 46% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 September 2068 at 22:04 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1836"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1903".

Harvest Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2068 after 7 days on 11 September 2068 at 17:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 849 / 1802

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 849 of Meeus index or 1802 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

Length of current 849 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 850 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 36 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠160.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠160.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠183.9°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 29 August 2068 at 20:38 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 12 September 2068 at 00:17 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 390 436 km

Moon is 390 436 km (242 606 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 950 km (221 798 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 3 September 2068 at 12:48 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 September 2068 at 02:30 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days after previous North standstill on 21 August 2068 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.140°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.990° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2068 at 09:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 11 September 2068 at 17:19 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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