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

First Quarter in Virgo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 63% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 June 2025 at 03:41 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Strawberry Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2025 after 6 days on 11 June 2025 at 07:44.

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 ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1891".

Lunation 314 / 1267

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 314 of Meeus index or 1267 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 29 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2025. 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 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠17.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠17.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠36.2°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 26 May 2025 at 01:37 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 June 2025 at 10:42 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 400 476 km

The Moon is 400 476 km (248 844 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 553 km (251 999 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♍ Virgo at 01:33 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 18 June 2025 at 09:41 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 28 May 2025 at 16:16 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.442° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.394° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 June 2025 at 23:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 11 June 2025 at 07:44 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.

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