Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 March 2030 at 08:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2030 after 7 days on 19 March 2030 at 17:56.
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 373 of Meeus index or 1326 from Brown series.
Length of current 373 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 374 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠104.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 10 March 2030 at 02:23 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 March 2030 at 22:00 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 402 151 km (249 885 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 974 km (225 542 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 06:43 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 25 March 2030 at 05:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:51 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.130°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.011° in its southern standstill point on 25 March 2030 at 03:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 19 March 2030 at 17:56 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.