Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 February 2025 at 08:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2025 after 6 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53.
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 310 of Meeus index or 1263 from Brown series.
Length of current 310 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 311 length.
Length of current synodic month is 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠305.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠329.3°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 2 February 2025 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 February 2025 at 01:11 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 367 422 km (228 305 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 882 km (251 582 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 1 February 2025 at 22:06 in ♓ Pisces, 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 15 February 2025 at 06:53 in ♍ Virgo.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 26 January 2025 at 13:27 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.534°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.599° in the next northern standstill on 8 February 2025 at 10:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.