Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 March 2015 at 07:43 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 8 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes. It is 5 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 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠9.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.1°.
7 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 392 378 km (243 812 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 012 km (252 284 mi).
6 days after descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.241°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.250° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 8 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06 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.