Quarter ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase today: . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 December 2016 at 09:03 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2016 after 6 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06.
There is low ocean tide today. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.
Length of current 209 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 210 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠223.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
9 days after point of apogee on 27 November 2016 at 20:08 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2016 at 23:27 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 374 375 km (232 626 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 463 km (222 739 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 6 December 2016 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous South standstill on 1 December 2016 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.908°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.937° in the next northern standstill on 14 December 2016 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.