Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 March 2008 at 10:46 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2008 after 7 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40.
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 101 of Meeus index or 1054 from Brown series.
Length of current 101 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 41 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 102 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠310.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.7°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2008 at 21:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 March 2008 at 20:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 365 424 km (227 064 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 094 km (251 714 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 6 March 2008 at 06:52 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 March 2008 at 02:53 in ♌ Leo.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 11:33 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.985°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.898° in its southern standstill point on 28 March 2008 at 16:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 21 March 2008 at 18:40 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.