Gibbous ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 December 2066 at 16:07 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2066 after 7 days on 31 December 2066 at 14:41.
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 828 of Meeus index or 1781 from Brown series.
Length of current 828 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2066. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 829 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠346.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.4°. 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°).
19 days after point of apogee on 5 December 2066 at 07:41 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 December 2066 at 09:01 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 381 197 km (236 865 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 544 km (222 789 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 17 December 2066 at 07:22 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 December 2066 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2066 at 13:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.934°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.938° in the next northern standstill on 29 December 2066 at 18:32 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 31 December 2066 at 14:41 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.