Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 March 2022 at 10:45 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2022 after 7 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 274 of Meeus index or 1227 from Brown series.
Length of current 274 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 50 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 275 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠56.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠89.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 23:05, this is 12 days after last perigee on 26 February 2022 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 23 March 2022 at 23:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 268 km (251 200 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2022. It is 1 140 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 217 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 8 March 2022 at 08:22 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 March 2022 at 08:12 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 26 February 2022 at 06:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.559°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.674° in the next northern standstill on 12 March 2022 at 00:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.