Quarter ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 January 2006 at 18:57 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2006 after 7 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 74 of Meeus index or 1027 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.
4 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2006 at 22:50 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 January 2006 at 19:07 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 368 638 km (229 061 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 886 km (252 206 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 05:01 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 20 January 2006 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra.
At 05:01 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
6 days since the previous standstill on 30 December 2005 at 13:57 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.387°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.410° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini.
In 7 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.