Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 July 2016 at 00:52 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2016 after 6 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.
Length of current 204 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 205 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠48.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠77.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 05:24, this is 11 days after last perigee on 1 July 2016 at 06:45 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 272 km (251 203 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 136 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 437 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 9 July 2016 at 01:41 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 3 July 2016 at 20:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.598°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.569° in the next southern standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.