Gibbous ♌ Leo
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 ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 April 2073 at 10:36 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1929" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2073 after 5 days on 22 April 2073 at 01:54.
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 906 of Meeus index or 1859 from Brown series.
Length of current 906 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 25 minutes longer than next lunation 907 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠192.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠218.1°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 6 April 2073 at 05:19 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 April 2073 at 03:38 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 371 513 km (230 847 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 345 km (222 665 mi).
13 days after its descending node on 3 April 2073 at 11:42 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 April 2073 at 19:11 in ♌ Leo.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 14 April 2073 at 00:42 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.238°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.330° in the next southern standstill on 26 April 2073 at 14:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 22 April 2073 at 01:54 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.