Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 March 2044 at 21:17 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2044 after 6 days on 13 March 2044 at 19:41.
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 546 of Meeus index or 1499 from Brown series.
Length of current 546 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 58 minutes longer than next lunation 547 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠272.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠304.8°. 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 20:36, this is 14 days after last apogee on 22 February 2044 at 05:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 21 March 2044 at 01:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 369 930 km (229 864 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2044. It is 7 422 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 426 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 29 February 2044 at 14:57 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 March 2044 at 13:10 in ♍ Virgo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 16:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.650°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2044. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.641° in its southern standstill point on 21 March 2044 at 10:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 13 March 2044 at 19:41 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.