Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 January 2025 at 23:56 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2025 after 6 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27.
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 309 of Meeus index or 1262 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠272.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠305.9°.
Moon is at perigee at 23:34. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 24 December 2024 at 07:25 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 21 January 2025 at 04:55 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 370 173 km (230 015 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2025. It is 7 665 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 183 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after ascending node on 5 January 2025 at 19:46 in ♓ Pisces. 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 19 January 2025 at 01:48 in ♍ Virgo.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 30 December 2024 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.428°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.464° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 January 2025 at 04:30 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27 in ♋ Cancer 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.