Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 August 2021 at 15:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2021 after 6 days on 22 August 2021 at 12:02.
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 267 of Meeus index or 1220 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 48 minutes longer 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 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠264.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠297.8°.
14 days after point of apogee on 2 August 2021 at 07:35 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 August 2021 at 09:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 363 314 km (225 753 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 127 km (229 365 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 16:04 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 30 August 2021 at 05:13 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 5 August 2021 at 16:46 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.685°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.761° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 August 2021 at 22:24 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 22 August 2021 at 12:02 in ♒ Aquarius 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.