Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 March 2017 at 11:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 7 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠295°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.4°.
2 days after point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 363 763 km (226 032 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 651 km (251 438 mi).
7 days after descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.848°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.861° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54 in ♍ Virgo 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.