Gibbous ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 April 2048 at 10:02 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2048 after 5 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 597 of Meeus index or 1550 from Brown series.
Length of current 597 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 38 minutes. It is 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 598 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠163°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 17 April 2048 at 07:22 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 April 2048 at 14:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 391 839 km (243 477 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 129 km (223 152 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 18 April 2048 at 16:39 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 May 2048 at 18:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 17 April 2048 at 19:00 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.861°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.803° in the next southern standstill on 1 May 2048 at 02:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.