First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Taurus

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 64% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 January 2014 at 03:39 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2014 after 6 days on 16 January 2014 at 04:52.

Moderate tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1951".

Lunation 173 / 1126

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes and it is 3 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠353°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠353° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠8.3°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since 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.

Distance to Moon 387 408 km

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 in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 11:26 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 24 January 2014 at 02:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern 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.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov