Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 May 2044 at 10:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2044 after 6 days on 12 May 2044 at 00:16.
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 548 of Meeus index or 1501 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 47 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 22 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠328.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.6°.
5 days after point of perigee on 29 April 2044 at 18:30 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 May 2044 at 11:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 373 349 km (231 988 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 736 km (252 113 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 24 April 2044 at 08:06 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2044 at 23:24 in ♍ Virgo.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 1 May 2044 at 05:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.450°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.366° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 May 2044 at 00:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 12 May 2044 at 00:16 in ♏ Scorpio 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.