Gibbous ♈ Aries
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 December 2085 at 17:42 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2085 after 6 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59.
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 1063 of Meeus index or 2016 from Brown series.
Length of current 1063 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 1064 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠305°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠329.2°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 20 December 2085 at 14:38 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 January 2086 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 366 086 km (227 475 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 066 km (251 696 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 16 December 2085 at 17:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 29 December 2085 at 15:40 in ♊ Gemini.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2085 at 09:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.307°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.313° in the next northern standstill on 29 December 2085 at 07:22 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.