Gibbous ♋ Cancer
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 ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 March 2076 at 12:41 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2076 after 7 days on 20 March 2076 at 16:37.
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 942 of Meeus index or 1895 from Brown series.
Length of current 942 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 23 minutes. It is 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 943 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 48 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠26.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.3°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 3 March 2076 at 17:20 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 March 2076 at 16:37 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 402 490 km (250 096 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 173 km (251 763 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 06:34 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 27 March 2076 at 10:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 06:34 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous South standstill on 29 February 2076 at 23:45 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.705°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.806° in the next northern standstill on 14 March 2076 at 02:15 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 20 March 2076 at 16:37 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.