Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 January 2052 at 09:27 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2052 after 5 days on 16 January 2052 at 04:24.
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 643 of Meeus index or 1596 from Brown series.
Length of current 643 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than next lunation 644 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 22 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠285.5°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 27 December 2051 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 January 2052 at 14:41 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 382 km (225 795 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 399 km (228 291 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 9 January 2052 at 09:32 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 January 2052 at 12:23 in ♎ Libra.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 31 December 2051 at 19:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.780°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.725° in the next northern standstill on 14 January 2052 at 01:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 16 January 2052 at 04:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.