Quarter ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 31 May 2028 at 07:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2028 after 6 days on 7 June 2028 at 06:09.
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 351 of Meeus index or 1304 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes. It is 1 hour and 37 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 36 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠278.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠308.1°.
Moon is at perigee at 06:18. It is 13 days after previous apogee on 17 May 2028 at 09:55 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 14 June 2028 at 04:46 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 369 758 km (229 757 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2028. It is 7 250 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 598 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after descending node on 28 May 2028 at 00:41 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 June 2028 at 02:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 25 May 2028 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.917°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.908° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 June 2028 at 11:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 7 June 2028 at 06:09 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.