Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 February 2024 at 15:01 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1905" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 8 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.
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 298 of Meeus index or 1251 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 1 minute. It is 41 minutes longer 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 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠345.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.
5 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2024 at 18:49 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 February 2024 at 15:00 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 376 255 km (233 794 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 316 km (252 473 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 February 2024 at 22:53 in ♎ Libra.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.304°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.376° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 February 2024 at 08:47 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30 in ♍ Virgo 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.