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Moon phase on 23 September 2042 Tuesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2042 | September 2042

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 60% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 September 2042 at 13:20 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1853"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1913".

Harvest Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2042 after 5 days on 29 September 2042 at 10:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 528 / 1481

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 528 of Meeus index or 1481 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.72 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠152.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠152.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠177.1°.

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 17 September 2042 at 04:21 in ♎ Libra. 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 29 September 2042 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 386 738 km

The Moon is 386 738 km (240 308 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 428 km (222 095 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after descending node on 16 September 2042 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 30 September 2042 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 22 September 2042 at 20:02 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.465°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.491° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 October 2042 at 09:09 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 29 September 2042 at 10:34 in ♈ Aries 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.

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