Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 February 2006 at 06:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1869" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2006 after 6 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44.
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 8 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.
Length of current 75 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 32 minutes longer than next lunation 76 length.
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.
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°).
7 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 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 February 2006 at 00:48 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 383 572 km (238 341 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 362 km (252 502 mi).
4 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 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 February 2006 at 14:38 in ♍ Virgo.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 27 January 2006 at 00:14 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.492°. Next 2 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.
After 6 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.