Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 July 2026 at 11:06 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2026 after 7 days on 29 July 2026 at 14:36.
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 328 of Meeus index or 1281 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 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 4 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠18°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠36.5°.
9 days after point of perigee on 13 July 2026 at 07:50 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 July 2026 at 16:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 399 585 km (248 291 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 549 km (251 996 mi).
5 days after descending node on 17 July 2026 at 00:27 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 July 2026 at 11:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 12 July 2026 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.033°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.067° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 July 2026 at 03:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 29 July 2026 at 14:36 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.