Gibbous ♊ Gemini
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 ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 February 2025 at 08:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2025 after 6 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53.
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 310 of Meeus index or 1263 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes 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 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠305.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠329.3°.
4 days after point of perigee on 2 February 2025 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 February 2025 at 01:11 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 367 422 km (228 305 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 882 km (251 582 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 1 February 2025 at 22:06 in ♓ Pisces. 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 15 February 2025 at 06:53 in ♍ Virgo.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 26 January 2025 at 13:27 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.534°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠28.599° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 February 2025 at 10:40 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53 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.