Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 September 2030 at 21:55 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2030 after 7 days on 11 September 2030 at 21:18.
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 379 of Meeus index or 1332 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 47 minutes. It is 25 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 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 12 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠279.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠310.2°.
Moon is at perigee at 17:06. It is 13 days after previous apogee on 21 August 2030 at 22:49 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next apogee on 18 September 2030 at 18:09 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 884 km (229 835 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2030. It is 7 376 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 472 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 20:52 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 18 September 2030 at 10:12 in ♊ Gemini.
At 20:52 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
12 days since the previous standstill on 22 August 2030 at 18:22 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.465°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.341° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2030 at 08:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 11 September 2030 at 21:18 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.