Quarter ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 May 2042 at 18:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 8 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.
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 524 of Meeus index or 1477 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠33.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.3°.
9 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2042 at 09:30 in ♈ Aries. 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 29 May 2042 at 07:12 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 400 988 km (249 162 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 716 km (251 479 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 17 May 2042 at 06:49 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 31 May 2042 at 00:41 in ♏ Scorpio.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 21 May 2042 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.143°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.094° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2042 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 8 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.