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Moon phase on 8 May 2014 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | May 2014

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 63% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 May 2014 at 03:15 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2014 after 6 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 14 May 2014 at 19:16
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 21 May 2014 at 12:59
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 28 May 2014 at 18:40
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 5 June 2014 at 20:39

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 177 / 1130

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠76.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 403 257 km

The Moon is 403 257 km (250 572 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 099 km (228 105 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 28 April 2014 at 11:36 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 2 May 2014 at 15:59 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.961°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.992° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16 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.

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