Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 March 2066 at 02:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2066 after 7 days on 11 March 2066 at 22:48.
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 818 of Meeus index or 1771 from Brown series.
Length of current 818 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 23 minutes. It is 53 minutes shorter than next lunation 819 length.
Length of current synodic month is 39 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 24 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠61.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠96.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:48, this is 12 days after last perigee on 20 February 2066 at 01:15 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 March 2066 at 19:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 251 km (251 190 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 157 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 458 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 20 February 2066 at 21:32 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2066 at 20:17 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 15:15 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.268°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.141° in its southern standstill point on 18 March 2066 at 04:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 11 March 2066 at 22:48 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.