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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 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 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠276.5°.
13 days after point of apogee on 15 November 2006 at 23:20 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 December 2006 at 00:06 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 623 km (225 945 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 923 km (227 374 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 10:26 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo.
At 10:26 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
6 days since the previous standstill on 23 November 2006 at 07:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.442°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.402° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini.
In 5 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25 in ♊ Gemini 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.