Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 July 2024 at 22:49 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2024 after 6 days on 21 July 2024 at 10:17.
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 303 of Meeus index or 1256 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 27 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 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠93.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.3°.
2 days after point of apogee on 12 July 2024 at 08:12 in ♎ Libra. 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 24 July 2024 at 05:43 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 402 946 km (250 379 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 914 km (226 747 mi).
1 day after descending node on 12 July 2024 at 22:27 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 July 2024 at 05:33 in ♈ Aries.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 5 July 2024 at 00:08 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.352°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.404° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 July 2024 at 10:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 21 July 2024 at 10:17 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.