Gibbous ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 11 December 2051 at 00:07 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 0% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2051 after 6 days on 17 December 2051 at 16:05.
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 642 of Meeus index or 1595 from Brown series.
Length of current 642 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 643 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠214.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.4°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 29 November 2051 at 23:42 in ♎ Libra. 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 15 December 2051 at 19:57 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 367 919 km (228 614 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 745 km (224 778 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 29 November 2051 at 08:08 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2051 at 08:09 in ♈ Aries.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 4 December 2051 at 11:27 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.781°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.789° in the next northern standstill on 17 December 2051 at 14:21 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 17 December 2051 at 16:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.