Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 September 2028 at 13:10 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2028 after 7 days on 3 October 2028 at 16:25.
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 355 of Meeus index or 1308 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 48 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 11 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠2.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠18.5°.
7 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2028 at 14:23 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 October 2028 at 21:38 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 391 627 km (243 346 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 246 km (252 430 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 22:21 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 11 October 2028 at 11:37 in ♋ Cancer.
At 22:21 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 24 September 2028 at 13:21 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.598°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.447° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 October 2028 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 3 October 2028 at 16:25 in ♈ Aries 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.