Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 February 2022 at 13:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2022 after 7 days on 16 February 2022 at 16:57.
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 273 of Meeus index or 1226 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 49 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠32°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠56.3°.
10 days after point of perigee on 30 January 2022 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 403 778 km (250 896 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 897 km (251 591 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 06:12 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 06:12 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
10 days since the previous standstill on 29 January 2022 at 23:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.369°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.444° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 16 February 2022 at 16:57 in ♌ Leo 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.