Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 March 2044 at 21:17 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2044 after 6 days on 13 March 2044 at 19:41.
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 546 of Meeus index or 1499 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 58 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 30 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 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 ∠272.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠304.8°.
Moon is at perigee at 20:36. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 22 February 2044 at 05:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 21 March 2044 at 01:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 369 930 km (229 864 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2044. It is 7 422 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 426 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after ascending node on 29 February 2044 at 14:57 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 March 2044 at 13:10 in ♍ Virgo.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 16:53 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.650°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2044. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.641° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 21 March 2044 at 10:24.
In 6 days on 13 March 2044 at 19:41 in ♍ Virgo 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.