Quarter ♊ Gemini
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 24 February 2026 at 12:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2026 after 6 days on 3 March 2026 at 11:38.
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 323 of Meeus index or 1276 from Brown series.
Length of current 323 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than next lunation 324 length.
Length of current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠276.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠307.9°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:18, this is 14 days after last apogee on 10 February 2026 at 16:52 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 10 March 2026 at 13:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 370 132 km (229 989 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2026. It is 7 624 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 224 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 18 February 2026 at 06:19 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 March 2026 at 04:35 in ♍ Virgo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 12 February 2026 at 12:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.406°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.428° in the next northern standstill on 25 February 2026 at 23:23 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 3 March 2026 at 11:38 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.