Gibbous ♉ Taurus
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.
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 ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2074 after 6 days on 13 January 2074 at 06:31.
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 915 of Meeus index or 1868 from Brown series.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
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.
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.