Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 September 2070 at 13:44 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2070 after 6 days on 20 September 2070 at 07:47.
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 874 of Meeus index or 1827 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes. It is 3 hours and 8 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 11 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 58 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠66.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠100.2°.
1 day after point of apogee on 12 September 2070 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 September 2070 at 22:02 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 405 024 km (251 670 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 697 km (229 098 mi).
6 days after ascending node on 7 September 2070 at 08:29 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 21 September 2070 at 16:24 in ♈ Aries.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 00:50 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.435°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.394° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 September 2070 at 13:29.
In 6 days on 20 September 2070 at 07:47 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.