Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 May 2009 at 20:44 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 6 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.
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 115 of Meeus index or 1068 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 24 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 3 hours and 56 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠311.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠332.7°.
4 days after point of perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 367 152 km (228 138 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 916 km (251 603 mi).
1 day after descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.567°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.486° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 9 May 2009 at 04:01 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.