Gibbous ♈ Aries
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 December 2069 at 09:00 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2069 after 5 days on 28 December 2069 at 00:50.
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 865 of Meeus index or 1818 from Brown series.
Length of current 865 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes longer than next lunation 866 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 2 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠211.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠244.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
11 days after point of apogee on 10 December 2069 at 12:50 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 December 2069 at 15:07 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 366 613 km (227 803 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 337 km (230 117 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 9 December 2069 at 16:16 in ♎ Libra, 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 23 December 2069 at 17:14 in ♈ Aries.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2069 at 16:54 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.339°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.319° in the next northern standstill on 27 December 2069 at 01:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 28 December 2069 at 00:50 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.