Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 September 2016 at 11:49 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 7 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.
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 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 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 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.6°.
2 days after point of apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 401 275 km (249 341 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 894 km (224 871 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 15 September 2016 at 23:55 in ♓ Pisces.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.455°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.451° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 September 2016 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05 in ♓ Pisces 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.