Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 March 2018 at 15:35 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 7 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.
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 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 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 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.5°.
13 days after point of apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 363 820 km (226 067 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 104 km (229 351 mi).
10 days after descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.112°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠20.210° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37 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.