Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 August 2061 at 01:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2061 after 7 days on 30 August 2061 at 22:18.
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 762 of Meeus index or 1715 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 58 minutes. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 46 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 23 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠53.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠84.5°.
Moon is at apogee at 20:28. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 11 August 2061 at 19:47 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 6 September 2061 at 10:37 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 229 km (251 176 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2061. It is 1 179 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 178 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 19 August 2061 at 00:57 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 2 September 2061 at 08:31 in ♈ Aries.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 11 August 2061 at 20:45 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.426°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.503° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 August 2061 at 17:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 30 August 2061 at 22:18 in ♓ Pisces 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.