Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 20 October 2007 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 October 2007 at 08:33 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 ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1871" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2007 after 5 days on 26 October 2007 at 04:52.
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 96 of Meeus index or 1049 from Brown series.
Length of current 96 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes. It is 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 97 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠159.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠183.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
7 days after point of apogee on 13 October 2007 at 09:53 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2007 at 11:51 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 383 107 km (238 052 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 755 km (221 677 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 7 October 2007 at 20:03 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 October 2007 at 09:02 in ♓ Pisces.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 16 October 2007 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.194°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.117° in the next northern standstill on 29 October 2007 at 18:09 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 26 October 2007 at 04:52 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.