Quarter ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 November 2009 at 21:39 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 7 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 122 of Meeus index or 1075 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠99.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠135.6°.
1 day after point of apogee on 22 November 2009 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 403 790 km (250 903 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 479 km (225 855 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 21 November 2009 at 11:34 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 5 December 2009 at 03:18 in ♋ Cancer.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 18 November 2009 at 19:53 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.795°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.772° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 December 2009 at 23:37 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30 in ♊ Gemini 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.