First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Gemini

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 48% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 March 2027 at 16:25 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2027 after 6 days on 22 March 2027 at 10:44.

Moderate tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1961"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1929".

Lunation 336 / 1289

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 336 of Meeus index or 1289 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes and it is 3 hours and 15 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠242.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠242.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠278.5°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 3 March 2027 at 05:41 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 March 2027 at 04:31 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 365 545 km

The Moon is 365 545 km (227 139 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 440 km (227 695 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 6 March 2027 at 04:41 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 March 2027 at 13:05 in ♌ Leo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 14:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.611°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.526° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 28 March 2027 at 17:43.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 22 March 2027 at 10:44 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov