Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 September 2079 at 07:46 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2079 after 6 days on 11 September 2079 at 05:36.
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 985 of Meeus index or 1938 from Brown series.
Length of current 985 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 3 hours and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 986 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 28 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠50.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠80.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 08:27, this is 11 days after last perigee on 23 August 2079 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 18 September 2079 at 08:26 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 282 km (251 209 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 126 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 427 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its descending node on 30 August 2079 at 09:11 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 13 September 2079 at 17:20 in ♈ Aries.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 22 August 2079 at 14:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.160°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.246° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2079 at 06:20 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 11 September 2079 at 05:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.