Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 22 October 2042 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 October 2042 at 02:53 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2042 after 6 days on 28 October 2042 at 19:48.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 529 of Meeus index or 1482 from Brown series.
Length of current 529 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2042. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 530 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 41 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠177.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠201.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
8 days after point of apogee on 14 October 2042 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 October 2042 at 11:27 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 379 865 km (236 037 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 973 km (221 813 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 13 October 2042 at 20:03 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 October 2042 at 16:01 in ♈ Aries.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 20 October 2042 at 02:47 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.484°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.455° in the next northern standstill on 1 November 2042 at 17:22 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 28 October 2042 at 19:48 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.