Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 March 2010 at 11:00 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2010 after 5 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 126 of Meeus index or 1079 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 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 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠215.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠247.4°.
12 days after point of apogee on 12 March 2010 at 10:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 366 199 km (227 546 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 877 km (224 860 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 13:05 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 12 days later on 6 April 2010 at 09:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.420°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.311° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25 in ♎ Libra 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.