Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 January 2079 at 18:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2079 after 5 days on 17 January 2079 at 11:06.
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 977 of Meeus index or 1930 from Brown series.
Length of current 977 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 978 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠225.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠261.8°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 30 December 2078 at 02:17 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2079 at 03:12 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 365 489 km (227 104 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 679 km (225 980 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 23:02 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 24 January 2079 at 23:31 in ♎ Libra.
At 23:02 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 2 January 2079 at 17:40 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.521°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.561° in the next northern standstill on 16 January 2079 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 17 January 2079 at 11:06 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.