Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 April 2001 at 10:49 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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2001 after 6 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 15 of Meeus index or 968 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠232.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠267.3°.
12 days after point of apogee on 20 March 2001 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 April 2001 at 10:04 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 366 149 km (227 514 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 815 km (226 686 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 09:01 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 14 April 2001 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 09:01 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
At 10:45 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠23.007°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.123° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 14 April 2001 at 11:36.
In 6 days on 8 April 2001 at 03:22 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.