Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 15 August 2051 Tuesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 August 2051 at 16:49 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2051 after 6 days on 22 August 2051 at 01:35.
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 638 of Meeus index or 1591 from Brown series.
Length of current 638 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 46 minutes shorter than next lunation 639 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠104.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠137°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of apogee on 12 August 2051 at 11:22 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 August 2051 at 08:43 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 400 542 km (248 885 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 298 km (225 743 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 12 August 2051 at 11:44 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 August 2051 at 20:56 in ♈ Aries.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 2 August 2051 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.057°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.946° in the next southern standstill on 17 August 2051 at 06:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 22 August 2051 at 01:35 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.