Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 March 2018 at 15:35 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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 6 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.
Length of current 225 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 226 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.5°. 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 363 299 km (225 744 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 104 km (229 351 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 02:04 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠20.210°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-20.320° in its southern standstill point on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.