Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 July 2006 at 16:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2006 after 6 days on 11 July 2006 at 03:02.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 80 of Meeus index or 1033 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 13 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠97.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠131.2°.
2 days after point of apogee on 1 July 2006 at 20:12 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 July 2006 at 17:35 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 401 666 km (249 584 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 287 km (226 357 mi).
1 day after descending node on 2 July 2006 at 14:19 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 July 2006 at 20:25 in ♓ Pisces.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 25 June 2006 at 08:40 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.444°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.477° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 July 2006 at 18:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 11 July 2006 at 03:02 in ♑ Capricorn 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.