Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 March 2028 at 09:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2028 after 5 days on 11 March 2028 at 01:06.
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 348 of Meeus index or 1301 from Brown series.
Length of current 348 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 54 minutes. It is 2 hours and 38 minutes longer than next lunation 349 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 10 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 53 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠186.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠212.1°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 24 February 2028 at 16:26 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2028 at 08:23 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 373 035 km (231 793 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 599 km (222 202 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 22 February 2028 at 13:11 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 March 2028 at 18:06 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 4 March 2028 at 21:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.467°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.380° in the next southern standstill on 17 March 2028 at 10:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 11 March 2028 at 01:06 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.