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Moon phase on 22 March 2048 Sunday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2048 | March 2048

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

First Quarter 48% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 March 2048 at 16:03 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1925".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2048 after 7 days on 30 March 2048 at 02:04.

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 596 / 1549

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 596 of Meeus index or 1549 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.62 days

Length of current 596 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 52 minutes. It is 46 minutes shorter than next lunation 597 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠100.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠100.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠135.6°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 20 March 2048 at 14:41 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 April 2048 at 10:10 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 403 366 km

Moon is 403 366 km (250 640 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 563 km (225 908 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 14:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 4 April 2048 at 14:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

13 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 after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 21 March 2048 at 12:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.093°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.977° in the next southern standstill on 3 April 2048 at 18:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 30 March 2048 at 02:04 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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