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 63% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 December 2062 at 03:28 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 is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2062 after 5 days on 16 December 2062 at 08:17.

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 ∠1819"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1949".

Lunation 778 / 1731

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 778 of Meeus index or 1731 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes and it is 1 hour and 30 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠123°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠123° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠154.3°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 5 December 2062 at 19:32 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 15 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 December 2062 at 08:56 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 394 037 km

The Moon is 394 037 km (244 843 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 15 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 616 km (221 591 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 9 December 2062 at 04:14 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 December 2062 at 21:32 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 2 December 2062 at 12:24 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.324° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.313° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 December 2062 at 13:49 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 16 December 2062 at 08:17 in ♊ Gemini 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