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

First Quarter in Aries

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 49% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 December 2044 at 14:00 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2045 after 6 days on 3 January 2045 at 10:20.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1838"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1951".

Lunation 556 / 1509

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 556 of Meeus index or 1509 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 32 minutes and it is 6 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2044. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 15 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠156.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠156.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.1°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 21 December 2044 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 January 2045 at 19:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 389 978 km

The Moon is 389 978 km (242 321 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 773 km (221 688 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 24 December 2044 at 21:19 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 January 2045 at 16:49 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 19 December 2044 at 04:38 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.031° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.069° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 January 2045 at 06:32 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 3 January 2045 at 10:20 in ♋ Cancer 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