Gibbous ♎ Libra
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 June 2024 at 05:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2024 after 6 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08.
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 302 of Meeus index or 1255 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 20 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 2 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠60.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠93.2°.
1 day after point of apogee on 14 June 2024 at 13:36 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 June 2024 at 11:45 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 405 116 km (251 727 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 292 km (229 467 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 20:17 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 29 June 2024 at 04:26 in ♈ Aries.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 7 June 2024 at 16:40 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.365°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.345° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 June 2024 at 02:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08 in ♑ Capricorn 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.