Gibbous ♍ Virgo
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 ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 May 2007 at 21:03 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1797" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2007 after 7 days on 1 June 2007 at 01:04.
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 91 of Meeus index or 1044 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 46 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2007. It is 1 hour and 5 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 4 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠19.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.7°.
8 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2007 at 15:10 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 May 2007 at 22:01 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 398 953 km (247 898 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 458 km (251 940 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 17:16 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 8 June 2007 at 00:35 in ♓ Pisces.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 18 May 2007 at 23:04 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.287°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.219° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 June 2007 at 09:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 1 June 2007 at 01:04 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.