Quarter ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 24 February 2007 Saturday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 February 2007 at 07:56 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2007 after 7 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17.
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 88 of Meeus index or 1041 from Brown series.
Length of current 88 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes longer than next lunation 89 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠331.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠348.7°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2007 at 09:34 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 March 2007 at 03:37 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 370 973 km (230 512 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 851 km (252 184 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 18 February 2007 at 20:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 March 2007 at 05:31 in ♍ Virgo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 13 February 2007 at 07:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.568°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.600° in the next northern standstill on 25 February 2007 at 23:35 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.