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Moon phase on 3 June 2006 Saturday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | June 2006

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 46% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 June 2006 at 23:06 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".

Strawberry Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 8 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 11 June 2006 at 18:03
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 18 June 2006 at 14:08
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 25 June 2006 at 16:05
  • First Quarter in Libra ♎ on 3 July 2006 at 16:37

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.

Lunation 79 / 1032

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 79 of Meeus index or 1032 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the 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 4 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 5 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠64.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠64.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠97.5°.

Moon before perigee

11 days after point of perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 June 2006 at 01:41 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 405 323 km

The Moon is 405 323 km (251 856 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 080 km (251 084 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 22 May 2006 at 18:00 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 5 June 2006 at 12:10 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.490°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.452° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 June 2006 at 10:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.

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