Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 October 2016 at 04:33 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 ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1848" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 5 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
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 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 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 longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠170.6°.
6 days after point of apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 387 791 km (240 962 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 860 km (222 364 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 28 September 2016 at 22:06 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.546°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.619° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23 in ♈ Aries 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.