Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 April 2017 at 18:39 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 7 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.
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 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 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 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.4°.
3 days after point of perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 366 585 km (227 785 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 478 km (251 952 mi).
8 days after descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 06:12 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.984°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-19.095° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 17 April 2017 at 13:12.
In 7 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08 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.