Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 31 August 2006 at 22:56 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1855" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2006 after 6 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42.
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 82 of Meeus index or 1035 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes. It is 54 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 12 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠158.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.3°.
6 days after point of apogee on 26 August 2006 at 01:23 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 8 September 2006 at 03:07 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 386 452 km (240 130 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 175 km (221 938 mi).
6 days after descending node on 25 August 2006 at 21:34 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 September 2006 at 11:01 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 18 August 2006 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.645°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.705° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 September 2006 at 13:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42 in ♓ Pisces 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.