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 1 March 2031 at 04:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2031 after 6 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30.
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 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.
Length of current 385 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 386 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠41.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 18:57, this is 11 days after last perigee on 19 February 2031 at 00:35 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 17 March 2031 at 18:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 404 533 km (251 365 mi) away from Earth. It is 875 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 176 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its descending node on 28 February 2031 at 11:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 1 March 2031 at 20:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.491°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.353° in the next southern standstill on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.