Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 August 2006 at 08:46 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1824" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2006 after 5 days on 9 August 2006 at 10:54.
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 81 of Meeus index or 1034 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 39 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 8 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠131.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠158.8°.
4 days after point of apogee on 29 July 2006 at 13:02 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2006 at 18:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 393 004 km (244 201 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 755 km (223 541 mi).
4 days after descending node on 29 July 2006 at 16:58 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 August 2006 at 01:31 in ♓ Pisces.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 22 July 2006 at 14:34 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.515°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.594° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 August 2006 at 04:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 9 August 2006 at 10:54 in ♒ Aquarius 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.