Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 9 February 2022 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
Length of current 273 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 49 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 274 length.
Length of current synodic month is 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠32°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠56.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of perigee on 30 January 2022 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 403 778 km (250 896 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 897 km (251 591 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 06:12 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 06:12 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous South standstill on 29 January 2022 at 23:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.369°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.444° in the next northern standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 16 February 2022 at 16:57 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.