Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 August 2078 at 17:34 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2078 after 6 days on 23 August 2078 at 08:11.
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 972 of Meeus index or 1925 from Brown series.
Length of current 972 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 7 minutes. It is 3 hours shorter than next lunation 973 length.
Length of current synodic month is 37 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 32 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠80.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠115.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 14 August 2078 at 20:09 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 August 2078 at 20:12 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 404 049 km (251 064 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 786 km (227 910 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 14 August 2078 at 22:47 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 August 2078 at 09:02 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 5 August 2078 at 00:22 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.132°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.225° in the next southern standstill on 19 August 2078 at 07:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 23 August 2078 at 08:11 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.