Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 31 January 2077 at 03:35 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1912" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2077 after 7 days on 7 February 2077 at 23:08.
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 953 of Meeus index or 1906 from Brown series.
Length of current 953 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than next lunation 954 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.5°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 25 January 2077 at 18:01 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 February 2077 at 02:41 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 374 934 km (232 973 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 305 km (252 466 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 21 January 2077 at 03:21 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 February 2077 at 17:16 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 22 January 2077 at 20:40 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.115°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.148° in the next northern standstill on 4 February 2077 at 17:05 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 7 February 2077 at 23:08 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.