Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 January 2038 at 12:34 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2038 after 6 days on 21 January 2038 at 04:00.
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 470 of Meeus index or 1423 from Brown series.
Length of current 470 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 11 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 471 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 27 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 36 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠79.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠117.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 12 January 2038 at 13:57 in ♈ Aries. 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 24 January 2038 at 09:52 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 403 485 km (250 714 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 508 km (227 738 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 5 January 2038 at 21:32 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 January 2038 at 08:06 in ♋ Cancer.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 5 January 2038 at 08:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.189°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.188° in the next northern standstill on 19 January 2038 at 19:02 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 21 January 2038 at 04:00 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.