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

First Quarter in Libra

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 53% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 July 2044 at 04:48 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Buck Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2044 after 7 days on 10 July 2044 at 06:22.

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 ∠1851"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1887".

Lunation 550 / 1503

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 550 of Meeus index or 1503 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes and it is 1 hour and 10 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 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠0.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠0.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠16°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 25 June 2044 at 09:26 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 July 2044 at 20:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 387 246 km

The Moon is 387 246 km (240 624 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 301 km (252 464 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 30 June 2044 at 02:39 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 July 2044 at 16:24 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 24 June 2044 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.296° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.308° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 July 2044 at 11:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 10 July 2044 at 06:22 in ♑ Capricorn 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