Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 September 2068 at 22:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2068 after 7 days on 11 September 2068 at 17:19.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 849 of Meeus index or 1802 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 36 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠160.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠183.9°.
5 days after point of apogee on 29 August 2068 at 20:38 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 12 September 2068 at 00:17 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 390 436 km (242 606 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 950 km (221 798 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 3 September 2068 at 12:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 16 September 2068 at 02:30 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 21 August 2068 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.140°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-20.990° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2068 at 09:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 11 September 2068 at 17:19 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.