Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 January 2043 at 09:05 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2043 after 5 days on 25 January 2043 at 06:56.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 532 of Meeus index or 1485 from Brown series.
Length of current 532 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 minutes longer than next lunation 533 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠303°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:02, this is 15 days after last apogee on 4 January 2043 at 19:56 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 February 2043 at 17:22 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 369 914 km (229 854 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2043. It is 7 406 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 442 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 17 January 2043 at 04:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 January 2043 at 09:53 in ♎ Libra.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 9 January 2043 at 20:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.311°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.367° in the next northern standstill on 22 January 2043 at 21:28 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 25 January 2043 at 06:56 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.