Quarter ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 March 2066 at 02:48 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2066 after 7 days on 11 March 2066 at 22:48.
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 818 of Meeus index or 1771 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 23 minutes. It is 53 minutes shorter 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 39 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 24 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠61.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠96.6°.
Moon is at apogee at 06:48. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 20 February 2066 at 01:15 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 16 March 2066 at 19:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 251 km (251 190 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 157 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 458 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after ascending node on 20 February 2066 at 21:32 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2066 at 20:17 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 15:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.268°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.141° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 18 March 2066 at 04:52.
In 7 days on 11 March 2066 at 22:48 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.