Quarter ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 January 2005 at 06:58 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2005 after 7 days on 25 January 2005 at 10:32.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 62 of Meeus index or 1015 from Brown series.
Length of current 62 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 25 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2005. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 63 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 50 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
7 days after point of perigee on 10 January 2005 at 10:07 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 January 2005 at 18:54 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 387 338 km (240 681 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 444 km (252 553 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 07:32 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 31 January 2005 at 22:49 in ♎ Libra.
At 07:32 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 9 January 2005 at 11:17 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.938°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.973° in the next northern standstill on 22 January 2005 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 25 January 2005 at 10:32 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.