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 7 October 2008 at 09:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2008 after 6 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.
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 108 of Meeus index or 1061 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 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 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠98.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠133.4°.
3 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 400 511 km (248 866 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 828 km (226 072 mi).
12 days after descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.370°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03 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.