Quarter ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 January 2046 at 09:42 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1804" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2046 after 7 days on 22 January 2046 at 12:51.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 569 of Meeus index or 1522 from Brown series.
Length of current 569 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 46 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter than next lunation 570 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠129.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠159.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of apogee on 11 January 2046 at 16:45 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 January 2046 at 19:02 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 397 334 km (246 892 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 440 km (223 346 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 9 January 2046 at 09:01 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 January 2046 at 06:24 in ♌ Leo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 5 January 2046 at 05:58 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.261°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.297° in the next northern standstill on 19 January 2046 at 18:56 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 22 January 2046 at 12:51 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.