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 15 February 2016 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 ∠12° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2016 after 6 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
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 199 of Meeus index or 1152 from Brown series.
Length of current 199 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 200 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠319.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠339.5°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2016 at 02:42 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 370 889 km (230 460 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 10 February 2016 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.303°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.254° in the next northern standstill on 17 February 2016 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.