Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 January 2022 at 18:11 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2022 after 7 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49.
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 272 of Meeus index or 1225 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 13 minutes. It is 36 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠13.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32°.
8 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2022 at 23:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 January 2022 at 09:27 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 396 986 km (246 676 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 806 km (252 156 mi).
10 days after descending node on 31 December 2021 at 01:07 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 13 January 2022 at 04:19 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 2 January 2022 at 13:35 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.304°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.310° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 January 2022 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer 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.