Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 March 2071 at 06:53 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2071 after 5 days on 16 March 2071 at 01:18.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 880 of Meeus index or 1833 from Brown series.
Length of current 880 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 32 minutes. It is 3 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 881 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 15 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠284.2°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 24 February 2071 at 13:58 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 March 2071 at 10:31 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 363 340 km (225 769 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 245 km (228 195 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 4 March 2071 at 00:24 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 16 March 2071 at 21:22 in ♎ Libra.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 9 March 2071 at 22:59 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.201°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.172° in the next southern standstill on 23 March 2071 at 07:37 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 16 March 2071 at 01:18 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.