Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 August 2020 at 17:58 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 6 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.
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 255 of Meeus index or 1208 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 19 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2020. It is 12 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 26 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠322.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠341.2°.
5 days after point of perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 370 143 km (229 996 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 606 km (252 032 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.152°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.219° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22 in ♓ Pisces 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.