First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Leo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 52% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 April 2021 at 06:59 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2021 after 6 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1840"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1909".

Lunation 263 / 1216

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes and it is 36 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠154.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠154.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠178.9°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 14 April 2021 at 17:47 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 389 571 km

The Moon is 389 571 km (242 068 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 379 km (222 065 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 16 April 2021 at 05:53 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 18 April 2021 at 16:02 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.532° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.591° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 May 2021 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31 in ♏ Scorpio 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov