Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 20 January 2051 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 January 2051 at 12:38 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2051 after 6 days on 26 January 2051 at 21:20.
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 631 of Meeus index or 1584 from Brown series.
Length of current 631 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 632 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠313.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
4 days after point of perigee on 15 January 2051 at 18:23 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 January 2051 at 19:46 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 368 234 km (228 810 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 173 km (251 763 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 03:36 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 3 February 2051 at 07:49 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 10 January 2051 at 12:25 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.761°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.697° in the next northern standstill on 23 January 2051 at 08:46 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 26 January 2051 at 21:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.