Quarter ♑ Capricorn
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 ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 October 2010 at 21:27 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1812" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2010 after 8 days on 23 October 2010 at 01:36.
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 133 of Meeus index or 1086 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 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 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠20.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠39.7°.
7 days after point of perigee on 6 October 2010 at 13:41 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 October 2010 at 18:18 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 395 644 km (245 842 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 433 km (251 924 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 13 October 2010 at 15:36 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 28 October 2010 at 03:15 in ♋ Cancer.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 12 October 2010 at 07:49 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.457°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.337° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 October 2010 at 22:36 in ♊ Gemini.
In 8 days on 23 October 2010 at 01:36 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.