Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
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 ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 September 2006 at 11:04 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 ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1912" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2006 after 5 days on 7 October 2006 at 03:13.
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 83 of Meeus index or 1036 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2006. It is 25 minutes longer 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 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠182.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠207.1°.
9 days after point of apogee on 22 September 2006 at 05:21 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 October 2006 at 14:07 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 374 874 km (232 936 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 410 km (222 084 mi).
9 days after descending node on 22 September 2006 at 03:42 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 October 2006 at 22:11 in ♓ Pisces.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 29 September 2006 at 20:31 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.712°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.678° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 October 2006 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 7 October 2006 at 03:13 in ♈ Aries 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.