Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 March 2070 at 09:53 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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2070 after 7 days on 26 March 2070 at 17:31.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 868 of Meeus index or 1821 from Brown series.
Length of current 868 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 38 minutes. It is 2 hours longer than next lunation 869 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠333.5°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 15 March 2070 at 17:55 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 March 2070 at 17:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 365 790 km (227 291 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 036 km (251 678 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 14 March 2070 at 23:47 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 March 2070 at 06:44 in ♎ Libra.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 00:13 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.809°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.755° in its southern standstill point on 2 April 2070 at 03:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 26 March 2070 at 17:31 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.