Quarter ♏ Scorpio
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 26 July 2069 at 05:30 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2069 after 7 days on 2 August 2069 at 23:44.
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 860 of Meeus index or 1813 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 50 minutes. It is 2 hours and 42 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 54 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 15 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠66.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.7°.
Moon is at apogee at 04:43. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 13 July 2069 at 15:08 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 7 August 2069 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 404 051 km (251 066 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2069. It is 1 357 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 0 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:40 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 9 August 2069 at 03:46 in ♉ Taurus.
At 17:40 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
10 days since the previous standstill on 15 July 2069 at 22:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.867°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.783° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 July 2069 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 7 days on 2 August 2069 at 23:44 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.