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

First Quarter in Sagittarius

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 51% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 September 2076 at 09:46 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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2076 after 6 days on 13 September 2076 at 00:38.

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 ∠1910"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1910" and ∠1904".

Lunation 948 / 1901

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 948 of Meeus index or 1901 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes and it is 21 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2076. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠193.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠193.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠219.7°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 28 August 2076 at 02:51 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 September 2076 at 01:19 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 375 193 km

The Moon is 375 193 km (233 134 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 503 km (222 763 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 23:25 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 19 September 2076 at 11:58 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 24 August 2076 at 20:21 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.455° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-24.585° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 September 2076 at 07:25 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 13 September 2076 at 00:38 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.

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