Gibbous ♋ Cancer
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 ♋ Cancer.
* 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 first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2066 after 6 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 4 March 2066 at 06:48 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 16 March 2066 at 19:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 804 km (251 534 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 243 km (229 437 mi).
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2066 at 20:17 in ♋ Cancer.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 4 March 2066 at 15:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.268°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.141° in the next southern standstill on 18 March 2066 at 04:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 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.