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

First Quarter in Cancer

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 45% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 April 2093 at 23:46 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2093 after 8 days on 11 April 2093 at 16:35.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1918".

Lunation 1153 / 2106

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1153 of Meeus index or 2106 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 54 minutes and it is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 10 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 53 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠73.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠73.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠109.2°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 11:21 about 13 days since last perigee on 21 March 2093 at 10:04 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next perigee on 15 April 2093 at 13:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 404 205 km

This apogee Moon is 404 205 km (251 161 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2093. It is 1 203 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 154 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 22 March 2093 at 12:52 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2093 at 10:03 in ♌ Leo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 16:04 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠21.174°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-21.301° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 17 April 2093 at 04:44.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 11 April 2093 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra 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