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

First Quarter in Scorpio

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 58% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 August 2049 at 17:52 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Sturgeon Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2049 after 5 days on 13 August 2049 at 09:19.

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 ∠1912"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1912" and ∠1892".

Lunation 613 / 1566

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 613 of Meeus index or 1566 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes and it is 25 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 2 hours and 27 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 36 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠185.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠185.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠210.2°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 29 July 2049 at 04:27 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 August 2049 at 17:06 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 374 896 km

The Moon is 374 896 km (232 950 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 750 km (222 296 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 24 July 2049 at 21:01 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 August 2049 at 08:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 25 July 2049 at 17:25 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.002° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-21.891° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2049 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 13 August 2049 at 09:19 in ♒ Aquarius 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