Quarter ♎ Libra
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 June 2015 at 11:03 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2015 after 7 days on 2 July 2015 at 02:20.
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 191 of Meeus index or 1144 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠78.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.
1 day after point of apogee on 23 June 2015 at 17:01 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 July 2015 at 18:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 405 155 km (251 752 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 095 km (228 102 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 17:23 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 8 July 2015 at 00:07 in ♈ Aries.
At 17:23 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
7 days since the previous standstill on 16 June 2015 at 19:47 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.457°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.445° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 July 2015 at 06:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 2 July 2015 at 02:20 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.