Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 October 2072 at 20:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2072 after 7 days on 27 October 2072 at 01:21.
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 900 of Meeus index or 1853 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 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 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠21.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠41.4°.
9 days after point of perigee on 10 October 2072 at 10:58 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 October 2072 at 14:16 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 399 834 km (248 445 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 243 km (251 806 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 9 October 2072 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 October 2072 at 09:49 in ♓ Pisces.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 17 October 2072 at 04:56 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.728°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.845° at the point of next northern standstill on 31 October 2072 at 19:37 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 27 October 2072 at 01:21 in ♉ Taurus 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.