Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 December 2088 at 04:52 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2088 after 5 days on 28 December 2088 at 00:57.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1100 of Meeus index or 2053 from Brown series.
Length of current 1100 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 26 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2088. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 1101 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 42 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 21 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠160.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠185.7°. 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 15 December 2088 at 03:25 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 28 December 2088 at 06:32 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 381 796 km (237 237 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 500 km (221 519 mi).
14 days after its ascending node on 8 December 2088 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 December 2088 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the first to the middle part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2088 at 04:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.960°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.933° in the next northern standstill on 27 December 2088 at 04:20 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 28 December 2088 at 00:57 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.