Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 May 2018 at 03:49 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 7 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.3°.
4 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 June 2018 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 368 666 km (229 078 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 316 km (251 852 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 June 2018 at 12:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.652°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.727° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 June 2018 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20 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.