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

First Quarter in Pisces

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 47% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 November 2044 at 19:36 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 is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2044 after 7 days on 4 December 2044 at 23:34.

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 ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1945".

Lunation 555 / 1508

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 555 of Meeus index or 1508 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠156.9°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 24 November 2044 at 06:42 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 399 582 km

The Moon is 399 582 km (248 289 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 749 km (223 538 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 20:02 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 10 December 2044 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 21 November 2044 at 22:50 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.089° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.056° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 December 2044 at 19:56 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 20:02 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 4 December 2044 at 23:34 in ♊ Gemini 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