Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 February 2044 at 13:46 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2044 after 6 days on 13 February 2044 at 06:42.
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 545 of Meeus index or 1498 from Brown series.
Length of current 545 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than next lunation 546 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠235.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠272.5°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 25 January 2044 at 09:32 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 February 2044 at 10:42 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 366 051 km (227 454 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 312 km (226 994 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 2 February 2044 at 08:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 February 2044 at 03:48 in ♍ Virgo.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 26 January 2044 at 18:54 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.503°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.576° in the next northern standstill on 9 February 2044 at 10:49 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 13 February 2044 at 06:42 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.