Quarter ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 April 2038 at 18:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2038 after 6 days on 19 April 2038 at 10:36.
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 473 of Meeus index or 1426 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 37 minutes. It is 1 hour and 32 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 3 hours and 53 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠175.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠198.9°.
7 days after point of apogee on 5 April 2038 at 05:32 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 April 2038 at 04:30 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 383 782 km (238 471 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 842 km (221 731 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 01:27 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 11 days later on 24 April 2038 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 01:27 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 11 April 2038 at 21:03 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.706°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.806° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 April 2038 at 09:38 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 19 April 2038 at 10:36 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.