First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Pisces

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 56% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 November 2007 at 22:32 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2007 after 6 days on 24 November 2007 at 14:30.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1904"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1941".

Lunation 97 / 1050

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 97 of Meeus index or 1050 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 37 minutes and it is 40 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2007. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 53 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 10 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠183.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠183.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠209.6°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 9 November 2007 at 12:31 in ♏ Scorpio 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 24 November 2007 at 00:12 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 376 366 km

The Moon is 376 366 km (233 863 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 196 km (221 951 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 12:46 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 30 November 2007 at 23:09 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 13 November 2007 at 04:37 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.006° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.958° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 November 2007 at 03:58 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 12:46 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 24 November 2007 at 14:30 in ♉ Taurus 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov