Gibbous ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 December 2096 at 16:36 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 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2096 after 5 days on 29 December 2096 at 08:23.
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 1199 of Meeus index or 2152 from Brown series.
Length of current 1199 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 54 minutes. It is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 1200 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 10 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠222.5°. 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 13 December 2096 at 05:28 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 December 2096 at 08:21 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 371 830 km (231 044 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 466 km (222 740 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 12 December 2096 at 02:27 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2096 at 04:11 in ♉ Taurus.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2096 at 01:02 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.929°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.927° in the next northern standstill on 29 December 2096 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 29 December 2096 at 08:23 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.