Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 September 2081 at 02:21 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2081 after 7 days on 18 September 2081 at 03:45.
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 1010 of Meeus index or 1963 from Brown series.
Length of current 1010 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 22 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 1011 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠357.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠12.5°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 3 September 2081 at 13:09 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 September 2081 at 08:20 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 385 558 km (239 575 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 234 km (252 422 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 3 September 2081 at 14:55 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 September 2081 at 06:18 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:08 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.547°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.512° in its northern standstill point on 25 September 2081 at 14:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 18 September 2081 at 03:45 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.