Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 30 March 2012 at 19:41 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 6 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. It is 12 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠168.7°.
5 days after point of apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 391 571 km (243 311 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 314 km (222 646 mi).
3 days after descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2012 at 00:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.890°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.814° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 April 2012 at 21:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 6 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19 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.