Gibbous ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 December 2072 at 13:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2072 after 6 days on 25 December 2072 at 07:15.
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 902 of Meeus index or 1855 from Brown series.
Length of current 902 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter than next lunation 903 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠69°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠105.7°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 17 December 2072 at 05:19 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 December 2072 at 06:59 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 404 658 km (251 443 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 220 km (228 801 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 15 December 2072 at 14:09 in ♒ Aquarius, 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 29 December 2072 at 08:37 in ♍ Virgo.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 11 December 2072 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.074°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.089° in the next northern standstill on 25 December 2072 at 11:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 25 December 2072 at 07:15 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.