Quarter ♉ Taurus
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 ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 January 2023 at 15:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1863" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 8 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. It is 4 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 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 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 ∠360°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.6°.
6 days after point of perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 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 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 384 714 km (239 050 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 476 km (252 572 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 16:05 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 16:05 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
8 days since the previous standstill on 20 January 2023 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.461°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.511° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29 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.