Gibbous ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 November 2006 at 06:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2006 after 5 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 85 of Meeus index or 1038 from Brown series.
Length of current 85 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 86 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠276.5°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 15 November 2006 at 23:20 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 December 2006 at 00:06 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 623 km (225 945 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 923 km (227 374 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 10:26 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo.
At 10:26 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 23 November 2006 at 07:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.442°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.402° in the next northern standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.