Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 April 2008 at 18:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2008 after 6 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
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 102 of Meeus index or 1055 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 23 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 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 21 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 48 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.
5 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 373 697 km (232 205 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 945 km (252 243 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 2 April 2008 at 15:18 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 15 April 2008 at 05:48 in ♌ Leo.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 10 April 2008 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.812°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.695° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25 in ♏ Scorpio 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.