Quarter ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 July 2069 at 05:30 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2069 after 7 days on 2 August 2069 at 23:44.
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 860 of Meeus index or 1813 from Brown series.
Length of current 860 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 50 minutes. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 861 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 54 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 15 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠66.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠99.7°. 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 04:43, this is 12 days after last perigee on 13 July 2069 at 15:08 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 7 August 2069 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 404 051 km (251 066 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2069. It is 1 357 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 0 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:40 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 9 August 2069 at 03:46 in ♉ Taurus.
At 17:40 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous North standstill on 15 July 2069 at 22:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.867°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.783° in the next southern standstill on 30 July 2069 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 2 August 2069 at 23:44 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.