First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Leo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 49% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 May 2025 at 13:52 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2025 after 8 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1855"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1855" and ∠1902".

Lunation 313 / 1266

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 313 of Meeus index or 1266 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 31 minutes and it is 2 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 56 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠2.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠2.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠17.8°.

Moon before apogee

6 days since point of perigee on 27 April 2025 at 16:15 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 May 2025 at 00:49 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 386 370 km

The Moon is 386 370 km (240 079 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 245 km (252 429 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 25 April 2025 at 02:23 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 May 2025 at 23:44 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 1 May 2025 at 06:35 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.573° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.484° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 May 2025 at 18:44 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56 in ♏ Scorpio 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov