First Quarter Moon
First Quarter MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

First Quarter in Aries

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 49% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 January 2065 at 13:19 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2065 after 7 days on 22 January 2065 at 09:53.

Moderate tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Lunation 804 / 1757

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 804 of Meeus index or 1757 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 47 minutes and it is 1 hour and 26 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠57.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠57.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠92.7°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 21:51 about 12 days since last perigee on 2 January 2065 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next perigee on 27 January 2065 at 15:26 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 429 km

This apogee Moon is 404 429 km (251 301 mi) away from Earth. It is 979 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 280 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 8 January 2065 at 05:38 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 22 January 2065 at 16:09 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 5 January 2065 at 00:25 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.815° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.834° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 January 2065 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 22 January 2065 at 09:53 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov