Quarter ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 January 2042 at 12:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2042 after 7 days on 5 February 2042 at 01:58.
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 520 of Meeus index or 1473 from Brown series.
Length of current 520 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes longer than next lunation 521 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 47 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 22 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠326°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠344.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 23 January 2042 at 22:31 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 February 2042 at 21:14 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 368 311 km (228 858 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 668 km (252 070 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 27 January 2042 at 23:09 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 February 2042 at 04:28 in ♎ Libra.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 19 January 2042 at 23:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.777°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.833° in the next northern standstill on 1 February 2042 at 18:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 5 February 2042 at 01:58 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.