Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 20 July 2018 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 July 2018 at 19:52 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 ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1856" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2018 after 7 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20.
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 229 of Meeus index or 1182 from Brown series.
Length of current 229 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 10 minutes. It is 54 minutes shorter than next lunation 230 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 35 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠11.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 13 July 2018 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 July 2018 at 05:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 386 191 km (239 968 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 223 km (252 415 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 14 July 2018 at 02:50 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 July 2018 at 22:40 in ♑ Capricorn.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 12 July 2018 at 12:01 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.761°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.755° in the next southern standstill on 25 July 2018 at 20:55 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.