Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
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 ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 October 2021 at 03:25 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 7 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.
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 269 of Meeus index or 1222 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2021. It is 19 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 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠323.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠342.3°.
4 days after point of perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 October 2021 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 369 064 km (229 326 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 616 km (252 038 mi).
3 days after descending node on 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 23 October 2021 at 11:47 in ♊ Gemini.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 12 October 2021 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.204°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.291° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 October 2021 at 16:04 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57 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.