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

First Quarter in Leo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 61% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 April 2062 at 12:03 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2062 after 6 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57.

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 ∠1957"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1911".

Lunation 770 / 1723

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 770 of Meeus index or 1723 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 6 minutes and it is 2 hours and 17 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.7°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 13 April 2062 at 17:32 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 April 2062 at 08:55 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 366 270 km

The Moon is 366 270 km (227 590 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 747 km (251 498 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 8 April 2062 at 08:18 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2062 at 04:56 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 14 April 2062 at 15:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.655° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.595° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 April 2062 at 07:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra 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