Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 January 2016 at 23:26 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 6 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.
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 198 of Meeus index or 1151 from Brown series.
Length of current 198 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 199 length.
Length of current synodic month is 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠292.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠319.8°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 in ♓ Pisces. 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 30 January 2016 at 09:10 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 364 176 km (226 288 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 553 km (251 378 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 14 January 2016 at 15:48 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 January 2016 at 23:58 in ♍ Virgo.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.420°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.375° in the next northern standstill on 21 January 2016 at 16:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.