Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 September 2069 at 16:23 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1821" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2069 after 6 days on 30 September 2069 at 18:09.
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 862 of Meeus index or 1815 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 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 3 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠133.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.2°.
4 days after point of apogee on 19 September 2069 at 17:06 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 1 October 2069 at 22:56 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 393 629 km (244 590 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 277 km (223 244 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 18 September 2069 at 23:24 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 October 2069 at 12:51 in ♉ Taurus.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 22 September 2069 at 21:04 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.361°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.306° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 October 2069 at 17:07 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 30 September 2069 at 18:09 in ♈ Aries 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.