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

First Quarter in Cancer

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 56% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 March 2032 at 20:56 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2032 after 7 days on 27 March 2032 at 00:46.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1927".

Lunation 398 / 1351

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 398 of Meeus index or 1351 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 15 minutes and it is 41 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠23.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠23.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠44.4°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 10 March 2032 at 06:54 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 March 2032 at 08:27 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 400 636 km

The Moon is 400 636 km (248 944 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 454 km (251 937 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 15 March 2032 at 02:16 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2032 at 15:09 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 18 March 2032 at 04:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.775° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.688° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 April 2032 at 17:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 27 March 2032 at 00:46 in ♎ Libra 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