Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 11 May 2076 at 02:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2076 after 6 days on 18 May 2076 at 17:38.
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 944 of Meeus index or 1897 from Brown series.
Length of current 944 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 945 length.
Length of current synodic month is 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠78.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠114.1°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 10 May 2076 at 07:16 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 May 2076 at 07:47 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 402 917 km (250 361 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 904 km (227 984 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 6 May 2076 at 13:36 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 May 2076 at 16:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 7 May 2076 at 18:28 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.265°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.310° in the next southern standstill on 21 May 2076 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 18 May 2076 at 17:38 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.