Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 23 February 2018 at 08:09 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 5 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.
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 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes. It is 3 hours and 20 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 22 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠227.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠262.6°.
12 days after point of apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 364 522 km (226 503 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 938 km (226 141 mi).
9 days after descending node on 14 February 2018 at 21:11 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 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.026°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠20.056° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer.
In 5 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51 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.