Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 March 2017 at 11:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 6 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.
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 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.
Length of current 212 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 213 length.
Length of current synodic month is 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠295°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.4°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus. 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 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 365 353 km (227 020 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 651 km (251 438 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.848°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.861° in the next northern standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.