Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
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 ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 September 2088 at 20:25 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2088 after 7 days on 30 September 2088 at 15:25.
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 1097 of Meeus index or 2050 from Brown series.
Length of current 1097 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 42 minutes. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes shorter than next lunation 1098 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠62.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠96.1°. 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 00:05, this is 12 days after last perigee on 10 September 2088 at 15:52 in ♋ Cancer. 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 5 October 2088 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 239 km (251 182 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2088. It is 1 169 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 188 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 17 September 2088 at 16:44 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 October 2088 at 01:07 in ♈ Aries.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 22 September 2088 at 04:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.905°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.864° in the next northern standstill on 5 October 2088 at 23:20 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 30 September 2088 at 15:25 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.