Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 March 2068 at 19:26 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 ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1833" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2068 after 7 days on 18 March 2068 at 22:56.
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 843 of Meeus index or 1796 from Brown series.
Length of current 843 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2068. It is 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 844 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠3.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19.9°. 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 3 March 2068 at 18:11 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 March 2068 at 22:03 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 391 119 km (243 030 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 376 km (252 510 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 9 March 2068 at 14:23 in ♉ Taurus, 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 24 March 2068 at 05:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 10 March 2068 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.781°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.636° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2068 at 09:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 18 March 2068 at 22:56 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.