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

First Quarter in Pisces

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 53% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 December 2068 at 05:21 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2068 after 6 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1947".

Lunation 852 / 1805

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 852 of Meeus index or 1805 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠241.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠241.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠279.4°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 19 November 2068 at 19:10 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 December 2068 at 19:40 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 364 754 km

The Moon is 364 754 km (226 648 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 315 km (227 618 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 24 November 2068 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 December 2068 at 05:58 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 26 November 2068 at 02:57 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.658° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.669° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 December 2068 at 01:53 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42 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