Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 March 2038 at 03:42 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1858" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2038 after 5 days on 21 March 2038 at 02:09.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 472 of Meeus index or 1425 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2038. It is 51 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠149.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠175.3°.
6 days after point of apogee on 9 March 2038 at 00:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 March 2038 at 17:16 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 385 784 km (239 715 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 387 km (222 070 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 23:29 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 28 March 2038 at 09:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 23:29 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
At 13:46 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠22.441°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-22.546° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 28 March 2038 at 02:02.
In 5 days on 21 March 2038 at 02:09 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.