Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 January 2024 at 03:53 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 7 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.
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 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.
Length of current 297 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than next lunation 298 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.9°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 370 199 km (230 031 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 781 km (252 141 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 17 January 2024 at 14:05 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.164°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.203° in the next northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.