Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 September 2073 at 16:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1912" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2073 after 6 days on 16 September 2073 at 08:52.
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 911 of Meeus index or 1864 from Brown series.
Length of current 911 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2073. It is 23 minutes shorter than next lunation 912 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠351.1°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 3 September 2073 at 14:51 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 September 2073 at 03:23 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 374 947 km (232 981 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 134 km (252 360 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 31 August 2073 at 18:55 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 September 2073 at 16:02 in ♒ Aquarius.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 28 August 2073 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.572°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.604° in the next southern standstill on 10 September 2073 at 08:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 16 September 2073 at 08:52 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.