Quarter ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 May 2001 at 22:09 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 7 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.
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 17 of Meeus index or 970 from Brown series.
Length of current 17 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes longer than next lunation 18 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 37 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠299.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠324.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
2 days after point of perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 June 2001 at 19:48 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 363 693 km (225 988 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 630 km (251 425 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 June 2001 at 17:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.388°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.414° in the next southern standstill on 8 June 2001 at 05:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.