Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 February 2008 at 03:34 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 ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 6 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31.
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 100 of Meeus index or 1053 from Brown series.
Length of current 100 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes longer than next lunation 101 length.
Length of current synodic month is 46 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 17 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠280°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠310.8°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 01:07, this is 13 days after last apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 February 2008 at 01:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 370 216 km (230 042 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2008. It is 7 708 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 140 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 February 2008 at 20:01 in ♌ Leo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 2 February 2008 at 23:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.025°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.043° in the next northern standstill on 16 February 2008 at 06:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.