Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 March 2016 at 17:03 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 7 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.
Length of current 200 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 201 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.6°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 March 2016 at 14:16 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 377 198 km (234 380 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 125 km (252 354 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:01 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.206°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2016. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.239° in its southern standstill point on 30 March 2016 at 22:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.