Quarter ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 August 2025 at 12:41 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 ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2025 after 7 days on 9 August 2025 at 07:55.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 316 of Meeus index or 1269 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 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 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠60.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠93°.
Moon is at apogee at 20:37. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 20 July 2025 at 13:52 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 14 August 2025 at 18:01 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 404 164 km (251 136 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2025. It is 1 244 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 113 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 28 July 2025 at 08:30 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 11 August 2025 at 14:53 in ♓ Pisces.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 22 July 2025 at 09:43 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.474°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.534° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 August 2025 at 13:37 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 9 August 2025 at 07:55 in ♒ Aquarius 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.