Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 September 2026 at 20:44 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2026 after 7 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49.
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 330 of Meeus index or 1283 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 23 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 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 21 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 48 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠61.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠94.5°.
Moon is at apogee at 03:00. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 1 October 2026 at 20:41 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 217 km (251 169 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2026. It is 1 191 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 166 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after descending node on 9 September 2026 at 19:17 in ♌ Leo. 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 24 September 2026 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 18 September 2026 at 18:54 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.065°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.989° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 October 2026 at 11:35 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces 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.