Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 February 2026 at 12:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2026 after 5 days on 3 March 2026 at 11:38.
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 323 of Meeus index or 1276 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes. It is 2 hours and 54 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 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠276.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠307.9°.
1 day after point of perigee on 24 February 2026 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 March 2026 at 13:43 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 363 728 km (226 010 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 385 km (251 273 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 18 February 2026 at 06:19 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 March 2026 at 04:35 in ♍ Virgo.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 23:23 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.428°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2026. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.416° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 11 March 2026 at 21:12.
In 5 days on 3 March 2026 at 11:38 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.