Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 January 2044 at 04:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1934" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2044 after 6 days on 14 January 2044 at 18:51.
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 544 of Meeus index or 1497 from Brown series.
Length of current 544 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than next lunation 545 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 31 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠204.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠235.6°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 28 December 2043 at 19:33 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2044 at 09:08 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 370 695 km (230 339 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 906 km (223 635 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 6 January 2044 at 06:50 in ♓ Pisces, 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 18 January 2044 at 19:49 in ♍ Virgo.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 30 December 2043 at 12:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.400°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.453° in the next northern standstill on 13 January 2044 at 02:29 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 14 January 2044 at 18:51 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.