Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
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 ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 October 2024 at 18:55 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2024 after 5 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26.
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 306 of Meeus index or 1259 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2024. It is 24 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 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠179.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠204.3°.
8 days after point of apogee on 2 October 2024 at 19:40 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 October 2024 at 00:46 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 377 317 km (234 454 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 173 km (221 937 mi).
9 days after descending node on 2 October 2024 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 16 October 2024 at 07:05 in ♈ Aries.
22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 9 October 2024 at 11:53 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.684°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.653° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 October 2024 at 00:50 in ♋ Cancer.
In 5 days on 17 October 2024 at 11:26 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.