First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Pisces

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 58% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 November 2003 at 17:16 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 7 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1946".

Lunation 48 / 1001

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes and it is 38 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠359.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠359.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.5°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 389 012 km

The Moon is 389 012 km (241 721 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 281 km (252 451 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 26 November 2003 at 09:16 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.092° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.057° at the point of next northern standstill on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37 in ♊ Gemini 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov