Gibbous ♍ Virgo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 May 2079 at 01:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2079 after 7 days on 15 May 2079 at 20:58.
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 981 of Meeus index or 1934 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 44 minutes. It is 54 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠341.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356.9°.
5 days after point of perigee on 2 May 2079 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 May 2079 at 16:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 376 513 km (233 954 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 158 km (252 375 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 30 April 2079 at 18:47 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 May 2079 at 20:46 in ♎ Libra.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 5 May 2079 at 02:09 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.041°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.005° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 May 2079 at 06:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 15 May 2079 at 20:58 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.