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

First Quarter in Aquarius

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 61% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 1 November 2041 at 12:05 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2041 after 5 days on 8 November 2041 at 04:43.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1934".

Lunation 517 / 1470

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 517 of Meeus index or 1470 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes and it is 1 hour and 36 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 3 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠229.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠229.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠265.9°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 20 October 2041 at 16:08 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 November 2041 at 15:42 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 364 617 km

The Moon is 364 617 km (226 562 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 299 km (226 365 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 25 October 2041 at 09:31 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 November 2041 at 12:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 30 October 2041 at 01:24 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.842° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.827° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 November 2041 at 19:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 8 November 2041 at 04:43 in ♉ Taurus 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