Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 February 2059 at 07:57 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1865" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2059 after 7 days on 27 February 2059 at 10:06.
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 731 of Meeus index or 1684 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 38 minutes. It is 15 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 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠357°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.
6 days after point of perigee on 12 February 2059 at 18:34 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 February 2059 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 384 299 km (238 792 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 509 km (252 593 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 09:15 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 6 March 2059 at 00:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 09:15 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
9 days since the previous standstill on 9 February 2059 at 14:58 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.103°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.179° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 February 2059 at 09:40 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 27 February 2059 at 10:06 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.