Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 February 2008 at 03:34 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2008 after 6 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31.
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 100 of Meeus index or 1053 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 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 46 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 17 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠280°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠310.8°.
Moon is at perigee at 01:07. It is 13 days after previous apogee on 31 January 2008 at 04:26 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 28 February 2008 at 01:27 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 370 216 km (230 042 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2008. It is 7 708 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 140 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after ascending node on 7 February 2008 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 February 2008 at 20:01 in ♌ Leo.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 2 February 2008 at 23:33 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.025°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠28.043° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 February 2008 at 06:10 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 21 February 2008 at 03:31 in ♍ Virgo 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.