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

First Quarter in Virgo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 57% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 May 2042 at 18:18 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 7 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.

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 ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1893".

Lunation 524 / 1477

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 524 of Meeus index or 1477 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 53 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 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.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠33.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.3°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 May 2042 at 07:12 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 403 444 km

The Moon is 403 444 km (250 688 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 716 km (251 479 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 17 May 2042 at 06:49 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 31 May 2042 at 00:41 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern 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 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.094° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2042 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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.

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