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.
Length of current 126 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 127 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠215.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠247.4°. 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 12 March 2010 at 10:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 366 199 km (227 546 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 877 km (224 860 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 13:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 6 April 2010 at 09:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.420°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.311° in the next southern standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.