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

First Quarter in Capricorn

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 57% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 September 2096 at 18:14 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Hunter Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2096 after 6 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24.

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 ∠1795"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1914".

Lunation 1196 / 2149

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1196 of Meeus index or 2149 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes and it is 2 hours and 49 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 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠110.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠110.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠143.3°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 22 September 2096 at 03:15 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 October 2096 at 00:44 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 399 342 km

The Moon is 399 342 km (248 140 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 187 km (225 053 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 21 September 2096 at 09:31 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 October 2096 at 22:17 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 05:26 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.795°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.877° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 8 October 2096 at 03:20.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24 in ♈ Aries 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