Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 March 2081 at 09:27 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2081 after 6 days on 25 March 2081 at 00:29.
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 1004 of Meeus index or 1957 from Brown series.
Length of current 1004 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 58 minutes. It is 3 hours and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 1005 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠231.2°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 8 March 2081 at 06:10 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 March 2081 at 16:38 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 372 396 km (231 396 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 723 km (223 522 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 10 March 2081 at 22:30 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 March 2081 at 07:17 in ♍ Virgo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 10:34 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.673°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2081. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.653° in its southern standstill point on 31 March 2081 at 02:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 25 March 2081 at 00:29 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.