Quarter ♎ Libra
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 June 2016 at 08:10 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 7 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
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 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 43 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 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠27.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.9°.
9 days after point of perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 400 382 km (248 786 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 022 km (251 669 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo. 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 26 June 2016 at 05:28 in ♓ Pisces.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.575°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.610° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02 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.