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Moon phase on 6 January 2074 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2074 | January 2074

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 62% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 January 2074 at 06:18 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2074 after 6 days on 13 January 2074 at 06:31.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 915 / 1868

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 915 of Meeus index or 1868 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.57 days

Length of current 915 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than next lunation 916 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠43.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠43.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠72.6°. 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°).

Moon in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 17:28, this is 11 days after last perigee on 25 December 2073 at 23:45 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2074 at 13:42 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 404 632 km

This apogee Moon is 404 632 km (251 427 mi) away from Earth. It is 776 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 077 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 31 December 2073 at 05:26 in ♒ Aquarius, 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 14 January 2074 at 16:24 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 28 December 2073 at 21:38 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.262°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.258° in the next northern standstill on 12 January 2074 at 06:32 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 13 January 2074 at 06:31 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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