Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 July 2014 at 11:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2014 after 5 days on 12 July 2014 at 11:25.
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 179 of Meeus index or 1132 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes. It is 58 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 1 hour and 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠144.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠169.2°.
5 days after point of apogee on 30 June 2014 at 19:09 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 July 2014 at 08:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 389 702 km (242 150 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 259 km (222 612 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 09:50 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 18 July 2014 at 21:21 in ♈ Aries.
At 09:50 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
10 days since the previous standstill on 26 June 2014 at 08:34 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.035°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.982° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 July 2014 at 17:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 12 July 2014 at 11:25 in ♑ Capricorn 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.