Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 28 October 2017 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 October 2017 at 22:22 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2017 after 6 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23.
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 220 of Meeus index or 1173 from Brown series.
Length of current 220 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter than next lunation 221 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 46 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠114.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠147°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 25 October 2017 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 November 2017 at 00:09 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 399 179 km (248 038 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 438 km (224 587 mi).
13 days after its ascending node on 14 October 2017 at 22:10 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 October 2017 at 06:41 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the first to the middle part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 25 October 2017 at 18:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.741°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.848° in the next northern standstill on 8 November 2017 at 01:28 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.