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Moon phase on 5 February 2006 Sunday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | February 2006

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 52% illuminated

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 ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 February 2006 at 06:29 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1892"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1946".

Snow Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2006 after 7 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 75 / 1028

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 75 of Meeus index or 1028 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

Length of current 75 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 32 minutes longer than next lunation 76 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠347.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.9°. 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°).

Moon after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 30 January 2006 at 07:47 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 February 2006 at 00:48 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 378 783 km

Moon is 378 783 km (235 365 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 362 km (252 502 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 2 February 2006 at 08:02 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 February 2006 at 14:38 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 27 January 2006 at 00:14 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.492°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.555° in the next northern standstill on 8 February 2006 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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