Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 30 May 2020 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 30 May 2020 at 03:30 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 6 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.
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 252 of Meeus index or 1205 from Brown series.
Length of current 252 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 3 minutes. It is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than next lunation 253 length.
Length of current synodic month is 19 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 44 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠229.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠263.8°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 365 770 km (227 279 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 366 km (226 407 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini, 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 6 June 2020 at 18:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.055°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.069° in the next southern standstill on 7 June 2020 at 16:22 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.