Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
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 ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 August 2030 at 16:43 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2030 after 5 days on 13 August 2030 at 10:44.
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 378 of Meeus index or 1331 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 56 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 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 48 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠244.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠279.9°.
13 days after point of apogee on 25 July 2030 at 04:55 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 9 August 2030 at 22:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 363 735 km (226 014 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 742 km (227 883 mi).
12 days after descending node on 26 July 2030 at 05:01 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 August 2030 at 19:44 in ♐ Sagittarius.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 26 July 2030 at 10:14 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.659°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.572° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2030 at 01:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 13 August 2030 at 10:44 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.