Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 February 2088 at 11:26 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2088 after 6 days on 7 March 2088 at 10:36.
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 1090 of Meeus index or 2043 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 27 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 7 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 56 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠278.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠309.1°.
Moon is at perigee at 14:18. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 15 February 2088 at 13:47 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 14 March 2088 at 10:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 370 217 km (230 042 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2088. It is 7 709 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 139 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after descending node on 27 February 2088 at 04:19 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2088 at 08:26 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 16 February 2088 at 15:48 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.751°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠19.628° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2088 at 05:13 in ♊ Gemini.
In 6 days on 7 March 2088 at 10:36 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.