Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 September 2048 at 06:04 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2048 after 6 days on 22 September 2048 at 04:46.
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 602 of Meeus index or 1555 from Brown series.
Length of current 602 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 21 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 603 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠276°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠307.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:06, this is 14 days after last apogee on 1 September 2048 at 10:48 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 29 September 2048 at 06:20 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 916 km (229 855 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2048. It is 7 408 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 440 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 06:06 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 28 September 2048 at 18:16 in ♊ Gemini.
At 06:06 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous South standstill on 14 September 2048 at 22:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.317°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.189° in the next northern standstill on 28 September 2048 at 11:46 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 22 September 2048 at 04:46 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.