Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 8 August 2019 Thursday 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 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 August 2019 at 17:31 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1898" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2019 after 7 days on 15 August 2019 at 12:29.
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 242 of Meeus index or 1195 from Brown series.
Length of current 242 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 25 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2019. It is 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 243 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 50 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
6 days after point of perigee on 2 August 2019 at 07:08 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 August 2019 at 10:50 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 377 714 km (234 701 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 244 km (252 428 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 30 July 2019 at 17:02 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 August 2019 at 14:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 30 July 2019 at 08:10 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.384°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.399° in the next southern standstill on 12 August 2019 at 04:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 15 August 2019 at 12:29 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.