Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 February 2070 at 02:33 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2070 after 6 days on 25 February 2070 at 02:31.
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 867 of Meeus index or 1820 from Brown series.
Length of current 867 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 22 minutes longer than next lunation 868 length.
Length of current synodic month is 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠282°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 17 February 2070 at 15:55 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 March 2070 at 22:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 363 490 km (225 862 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 337 km (251 243 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 15 February 2070 at 19:12 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 March 2070 at 00:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 6 February 2070 at 10:23 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.101°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.990° in the next northern standstill on 19 February 2070 at 18:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 25 February 2070 at 02:31 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.