Gibbous ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 February 2068 at 05:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1865" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2068 after 6 days on 18 February 2068 at 04:38.
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 842 of Meeus index or 1795 from Brown series.
Length of current 842 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 53 minutes. It is 39 minutes longer than next lunation 843 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠348.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠3.9°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 4 February 2068 at 05:46 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 February 2068 at 20:46 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 384 335 km (238 815 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 494 km (252 584 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 13:12 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 26 February 2068 at 04:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 30 January 2068 at 17:55 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.138°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.052° in the next northern standstill on 12 February 2068 at 08:19 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 18 February 2068 at 04:38 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.