Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 March 2024 at 04:11 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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1848" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2024 after 7 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00.
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 299 of Meeus index or 1252 from Brown series.
Length of current 299 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 20 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 300 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠1.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2024 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 March 2024 at 15:44 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 387 883 km (241 019 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 292 km (252 458 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 12 March 2024 at 01:18 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 March 2024 at 04:07 in ♎ Libra.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 14:45 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.526°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.559° in its southern standstill point on 1 April 2024 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.