Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 August 2068 at 07:38 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2068 after 5 days on 13 August 2068 at 09:51.
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 848 of Meeus index or 1801 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 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 50 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠133.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠160.5°.
5 days after point of apogee on 2 August 2068 at 08:59 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 August 2068 at 15:33 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 392 302 km (243 765 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 376 km (223 306 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 11:02 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 20 August 2068 at 00:01 in ♊ Gemini.
At 11:02 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
13 days since the previous standstill on 25 July 2068 at 08:58 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.350°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-21.234° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2068 at 00:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 13 August 2068 at 09:51 in ♒ Aquarius 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.