Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 December 2098 at 19:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2099 after 6 days on 7 January 2099 at 01:50.
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 1224 of Meeus index or 2177 from Brown series.
Length of current 1224 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 15 minutes shorter than next lunation 1225 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠115.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠149°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 27 December 2098 at 21:01 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 January 2099 at 18:21 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 398 273 km (247 475 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 107 km (224 381 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 30 December 2098 at 20:34 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 January 2099 at 15:35 in ♎ Libra.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 22 December 2098 at 16:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.323°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.354° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2099 at 00:46 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 7 January 2099 at 01:50 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.