First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Scorpio

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 47% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 August 2031 at 18:40 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

Harvest Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2031 after 6 days on 1 September 2031 at 09:20.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1934"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1934" and ∠1898".

Lunation 391 / 1344

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 391 of Meeus index or 1344 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 15 minutes and it is 41 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠213.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠213.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠245.2°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 14 August 2031 at 21:37 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 August 2031 at 12:53 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 370 706 km

The Moon is 370 706 km (230 346 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 684 km (224 740 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 01:21 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 6 September 2031 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 12 August 2031 at 15:58 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.868° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-20.731° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 August 2031 at 23:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

New draconic month

At 01:21 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 1 September 2031 at 09:20 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov