Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 January 2030 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 11 January 2030 at 14:06 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2030 after 7 days on 19 January 2030 at 15:54.
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 371 of Meeus index or 1324 from Brown series.
Length of current 371 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 18 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 372 length.
Length of current synodic month is 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠67.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2030 at 15:33 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 January 2030 at 08:51 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 902 km (251 594 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 647 km (251 436 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 2 January 2030 at 20:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2030 at 22:41 in ♊ Gemini.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 2 January 2030 at 08:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.575°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.549° in the next northern standstill on 16 January 2030 at 08:26 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 19 January 2030 at 15:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.