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

First Quarter in Gemini

First Quarter on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 62% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 8 days young.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 February 2088 at 11:26 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2088 after 5 days on 7 March 2088 at 10:36.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1936".

Lunation 1090 / 2043

The Moon is 8 days young and navigating through the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1090 of Meeus index or 2043 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 51 minutes and it is 2 hours and 27 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠278.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠278.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠309.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 29 February 2088 at 14:18 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 March 2088 at 10:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 363 905 km

The Moon is 363 905 km (226 120 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 280 km (251 208 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 27 February 2088 at 04:19 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 March 2088 at 08:26 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon at northern standstill

At 05:13 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠19.628°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-19.517° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 15 March 2088 at 00:16.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 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.

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