Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 24 December 2047 at 01:51 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2048 after 6 days on 1 January 2048 at 06:57.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 593 of Meeus index or 1546 from Brown series.
Length of current 593 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 594 length.
Length of current synodic month is 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠18.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠37.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
9 days after point of perigee on 15 December 2047 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 December 2047 at 02:49 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 401 103 km (249 234 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 621 km (252 041 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 17 December 2047 at 18:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 December 2047 at 23:38 in ♋ Cancer.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2047 at 13:59 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.562°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.565° in the next northern standstill on 30 December 2047 at 11:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 1 January 2048 at 06:57 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.