Gibbous ♋ Cancer
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 ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 March 2097 at 19:16 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2097 after 6 days on 27 March 2097 at 21:28.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1202 of Meeus index or 2155 from Brown series.
Length of current 1202 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 16 minutes longer than next lunation 1203 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠293.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠319.8°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 18 March 2097 at 19:21 in ♉ Taurus. 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 3 April 2097 at 02:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 364 610 km (226 558 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 485 km (251 335 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 17 March 2097 at 10:29 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 March 2097 at 15:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 05:57 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.386°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.474° in its southern standstill point on 4 April 2097 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 27 March 2097 at 21:28 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.