Gibbous ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 February 2019 at 22:26 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2019 after 6 days on 19 February 2019 at 15:53.
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 236 of Meeus index or 1189 from Brown series.
Length of current 236 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than next lunation 237 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠175.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠200.2°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 5 February 2019 at 09:26 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2019 at 09:06 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 379 569 km (235 853 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 762 km (221 682 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 3 February 2019 at 06:35 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 February 2019 at 09:42 in ♋ Cancer.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 2 February 2019 at 00:48 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.547°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.590° in the next northern standstill on 16 February 2019 at 09:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 19 February 2019 at 15:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.