Gibbous ♈ Aries
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 ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 December 2034 at 17:45 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2034 after 5 days on 25 December 2034 at 08:54.
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 432 of Meeus index or 1385 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. It is 1 hour and 30 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 6 hours and 5 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 58 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠192.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠220.5°.
10 days after point of apogee on 9 December 2034 at 10:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2034 at 10:34 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 372 462 km (231 437 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 118 km (222 524 mi).
1 day after descending node on 18 December 2034 at 02:21 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 30 December 2034 at 13:10 in ♍ Virgo.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
7 days since the previous standstill on 12 December 2034 at 00:24 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.553°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.552° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 December 2034 at 08:20 in ♋ Cancer.
In 5 days on 25 December 2034 at 08:54 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.