Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 February 2086 at 13:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1878" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2086 after 7 days on 28 February 2086 at 12:21.
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 1065 of Meeus index or 2018 from Brown series.
Length of current 1065 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 37 minutes. It is 48 minutes longer than next lunation 1066 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 7 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 2 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠347°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
6 days after point of perigee on 14 February 2086 at 16:44 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 March 2086 at 10:54 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 381 703 km (237 179 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 459 km (252 562 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 21:51 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 15 days to meet ascending node on 8 March 2086 at 13:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
At 19:36 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.034°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.874° in its southern standstill point on 8 March 2086 at 14:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 28 February 2086 at 12:21 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.