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

First Quarter in Virgo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 57% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 June 2063 at 20:28 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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2063 after 6 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43.

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 ∠1961"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1891".

Lunation 784 / 1737

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 784 of Meeus index or 1737 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 39 minutes and it is 1 hour and 9 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 4 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.5°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 1 June 2063 at 01:18 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 June 2063 at 15:34 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 365 565 km

The Moon is 365 565 km (227 152 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 594 km (251 403 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 3 June 2063 at 11:31 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 June 2063 at 07:39 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 29 May 2063 at 11:44 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.118° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.086° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 June 2063 at 12:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43 in ♐ Sagittarius 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