First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Virgo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 47% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 June 2014 at 20:39 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2014 after 7 days on 13 June 2014 at 04:11.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1891".

Lunation 178 / 1131

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 178 of Meeus index or 1131 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠112.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠112.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.1°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 3 June 2014 at 04:25 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 15 June 2014 at 03:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 402 382 km

The Moon is 402 382 km (250 029 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 062 km (224 975 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 June 2014 at 05:36 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 30 May 2014 at 00:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.023° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.033° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 June 2014 at 06:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 13 June 2014 at 04:11 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov