Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 January 2014 at 03:39 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2014 after 6 days on 16 January 2014 at 04:52.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes. It is 3 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 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠353°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠8.3°.
7 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2014 at 21:00 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 January 2014 at 01:53 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 387 408 km (240 724 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 537 km (252 610 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 11:26 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 24 January 2014 at 02:55 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 31 December 2013 at 04:49 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.537°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.501° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 January 2014 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 16 January 2014 at 04:52 in ♋ Cancer 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.