Quarter ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 October 2019 at 16:47 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2019 after 8 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 244 of Meeus index or 1197 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠11.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠28.3°.
7 days after point of perigee on 28 September 2019 at 02:27 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 October 2019 at 18:29 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 391 519 km (243 279 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 902 km (252 216 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 18:49 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 20 October 2019 at 07:28 in ♋ Cancer.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
At 16:01 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.788°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.947° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 20 October 2019 at 08:07.
In 8 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08 in ♈ Aries 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.