Quarter ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 January 2043 at 09:05 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2043 after 6 days on 25 January 2043 at 06:56.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 532 of Meeus index or 1485 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 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 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠269.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠303°.
13 days after point of apogee on 4 January 2043 at 19:56 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 January 2043 at 20:02 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 370 km (225 788 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 914 km (229 854 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 17 January 2043 at 04:57 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 30 January 2043 at 09:53 in ♎ Libra.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 9 January 2043 at 20:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.311°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.367° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 January 2043 at 21:28 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 25 January 2043 at 06:56 in ♌ Leo 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.