Quarter ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% 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 2072 at 04:58 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1837" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2072 after 7 days on 27 September 2072 at 08:43.
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 899 of Meeus index or 1852 from Brown series.
Length of current 899 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 900 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 56 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 13 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠5.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠21.6°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 12 September 2072 at 01:13 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 September 2072 at 03:10 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 390 230 km (242 478 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 005 km (252 280 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 11 September 2072 at 16:07 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 25 September 2072 at 05:16 in ♓ Pisces.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:57 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.581°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.655° in its northern standstill point on 4 October 2072 at 13:44 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 27 September 2072 at 08:43 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.