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 48% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 December 2004 at 16:40 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 ∠25° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 8 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

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 ∠1907"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1950".

Lunation 61 / 1014

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes and it is 9 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. 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 and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠345.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠345.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 375 785 km

The Moon is 375 785 km (233 502 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 488 km (252 580 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.935° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.905° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

24 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 8 days

In 8 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06 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