Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 January 2039 at 07:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2039 after 6 days on 10 January 2039 at 11:45.
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 482 of Meeus index or 1435 from Brown series.
Length of current 482 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 34 minutes. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter than next lunation 483 length.
Length of current synodic month is 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠28.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠51.2°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2038 at 08:23 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 January 2039 at 05:10 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 403 430 km (250 680 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 107 km (251 722 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 25 December 2038 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 8 January 2039 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 26 December 2038 at 13:42 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.882°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.878° in the next northern standstill on 9 January 2039 at 20:11 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 10 January 2039 at 11:45 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.