Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 February 2048 at 19:22 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 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2048 after 7 days on 29 February 2048 at 14:38.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 595 of Meeus index or 1548 from Brown series.
Length of current 595 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 56 minutes. It is 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 596 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠64.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠100.4°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 21 February 2048 at 18:29 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 March 2048 at 02:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 405 247 km (251 809 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 850 km (229 193 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 10 February 2048 at 12:30 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 February 2048 at 12:13 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 9 February 2048 at 07:42 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.460°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.357° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2048 at 04:06 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 29 February 2048 at 14:38 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.