Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 February 2048 at 03:16 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1945".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2048 after 22 days on 29 February 2048 at 14:38.
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.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 594 of Meeus index or 1547 from Brown series.
Length of current 594 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 59 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than next lunation 595 length.
Length of current synodic month is 15 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 48 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠37.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.6°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 24 January 2048 at 21:24 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 9 February 2048 at 09:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 363 466 km (225 847 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 129 km (229 366 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 28 January 2048 at 06:52 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 February 2048 at 12:30 in ♑ Capricorn.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 26 January 2048 at 19:32 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.528°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.460° in the next southern standstill on 9 February 2048 at 07:42 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 14 February 2048 at 00:31 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.