First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Libra

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 61% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 June 2018 at 10:51 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 6 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1891"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1891" and ∠1888".

Lunation 228 / 1181

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 228 of Meeus index or 1181 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2018. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.

Moon after perigee

6 days since point of perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 June 2018 at 02:43 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 379 044 km

The Moon is 379 044 km (235 527 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 061 km (252 315 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 16 June 2018 at 17:50 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 30 June 2018 at 16:44 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 15 June 2018 at 00:52 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.754° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.775° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53 in ♑ Capricorn 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov