Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 October 2072 at 20:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2072 after 7 days on 27 October 2072 at 01:21.
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 900 of Meeus index or 1853 from Brown series.
Length of current 900 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 901 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠21.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠41.4°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 10 October 2072 at 10:58 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 October 2072 at 14:16 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 399 834 km (248 445 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 243 km (251 806 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 9 October 2072 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 October 2072 at 09:49 in ♓ Pisces.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 17 October 2072 at 04:56 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.728°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.845° in the next northern standstill on 31 October 2072 at 19:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 27 October 2072 at 01:21 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.