Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 March 2023 at 02:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 6 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 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 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 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 ∠34.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.2°.
10 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 404 779 km (251 518 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 921 km (251 606 mi).
6 days after ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.898°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.947° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35 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.