Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 May 2086 at 11:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2086 after 7 days on 28 May 2086 at 12:35.
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 1068 of Meeus index or 2021 from Brown series.
Length of current 1068 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 1069 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠37.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠62.5°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 10 May 2086 at 18:33 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 May 2086 at 15:25 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 404 586 km (251 398 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 729 km (251 487 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 14 May 2086 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2086 at 23:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 14 May 2086 at 20:32 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.466°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.458° in the next southern standstill on 29 May 2086 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 28 May 2086 at 12:35 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.