Quarter ♋ Cancer
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 March 2009 at 07:46 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 6 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.
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 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.
Length of current 113 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 114 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠246.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠282.4°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 364 484 km (226 480 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 020 km (228 056 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 21:34 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠26.987°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-26.896° in its southern standstill point on 18 March 2009 at 05:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.