Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 March 2040 at 17:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 8 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter 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 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠86°.
10 days after point of perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 March 2040 at 11:22 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 404 965 km (251 634 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 287 km (251 212 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.776°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠25.893° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 March 2040 at 12:03 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11 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.