Quarter ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 November 2008 at 04:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1812" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2008 after 6 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17.
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 109 of Meeus index or 1062 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠133.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.9°.
4 days after point of apogee on 2 November 2008 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2008 at 09:59 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 395 651 km (245 846 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 973 km (223 055 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 03:34 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 18 November 2008 at 18:37 in ♌ Leo.
At 03:34 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
4 days since the previous standstill on 1 November 2008 at 20:56 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.155°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.088° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 November 2008 at 08:19 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17 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.