Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 9 January 2048 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2048 | January 2048

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 42% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 January 2048 at 18:49 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1960"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2048 after 21 days on 31 January 2048 at 00:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 593 / 1546

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 593 of Meeus index or 1546 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.5 days

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.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠18.2°

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°).

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of apogee on 28 December 2047 at 02:49 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2048 at 03:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 365 668 km

Moon is 365 668 km (227 216 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 708 km (225 998 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 31 December 2047 at 23:38 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2048 at 05:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2047 at 11:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.565°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.561° in the next southern standstill on 13 January 2048 at 00:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 15 January 2048 at 11:32 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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