Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 February 2081 at 21:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2081 after 7 days on 23 February 2081 at 14:27.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1003 of Meeus index or 1956 from Brown series.
Length of current 1003 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 2 minutes longer than next lunation 1004 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠177.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠202.2°. 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°).
7 days after point of apogee on 9 February 2081 at 03:24 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 February 2081 at 06:18 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 383 650 km (238 389 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 862 km (221 744 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 11 February 2081 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 February 2081 at 20:03 in ♍ Virgo.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 4 February 2081 at 13:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.557°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.630° in the next northern standstill on 19 February 2081 at 03:19 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 23 February 2081 at 14:27 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.