Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 February 2078 at 06:31 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1929" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2078 after 6 days on 26 February 2078 at 17:50.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 966 of Meeus index or 1919 from Brown series.
Length of current 966 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 39 minutes. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 967 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 5 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.7°. 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 14 February 2078 at 23:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 March 2078 at 22:52 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 371 506 km (230 843 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 426 km (251 920 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 18 February 2078 at 17:22 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 March 2078 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 9 February 2078 at 06:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.587°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.679° in the next northern standstill on 22 February 2078 at 00:30 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 26 February 2078 at 17:50 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.