Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 May 2085 at 20:52 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♌ Leo 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 Flower Moon of May 2085 after 7 days on 9 May 2085 at 16:04.
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 1055 of Meeus index or 2008 from Brown series.
Length of current 1055 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 24 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 1056 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠60.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠94.1°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 03:39, this is 12 days after last perigee on 19 April 2085 at 21:32 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 14 May 2085 at 22:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 404 189 km (251 151 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2085. It is 1 219 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 138 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 28 April 2085 at 14:50 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 May 2085 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 27 April 2085 at 11:39 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.188°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.138° in the next southern standstill on 11 May 2085 at 18:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 9 May 2085 at 16:04 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.