Gibbous ♍ Virgo
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 ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 May 2023 at 15:22 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 6 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42.
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 289 of Meeus index or 1242 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is equal to the mean synodic month length. It is %hours_to_shortest% and %minutes_to_shortest% longer than the 21st century's shortest and %hours_to_longest% and %minutes_to_longest% shorter than the 21st century's longest synodic months.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠92.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.4°.
2 days after point of apogee on 26 May 2023 at 01:39 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 June 2023 at 23:07 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 402 274 km (249 961 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 860 km (226 713 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2023 at 06:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 22 May 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.903°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.866° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2023 at 16:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.