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

First Quarter in Leo

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 50% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 April 2075 at 11:53 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 is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2075 after 7 days on 30 April 2075 at 18:37.

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 ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1908".

Lunation 931 / 1884

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 931 of Meeus index or 1884 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 27 minutes and it is 50 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠113.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠113.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠145.4°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 20 April 2075 at 18:02 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 May 2075 at 16:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 401 181 km

The Moon is 401 181 km (249 282 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 942 km (224 900 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 22 April 2075 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 May 2075 at 05:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 21 April 2075 at 16:04 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.404° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.503° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 May 2075 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 30 April 2075 at 18:37 in ♏ Scorpio 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