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 27 February 2023 at 08:06 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 7 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.
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 286 of Meeus index or 1239 from Brown series.
Length of current 286 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes. It is 32 minutes shorter than next lunation 287 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠34.1°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 March 2023 at 18:01 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 399 290 km (248 107 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 890 km (252 208 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.629°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.716° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.