Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 September 2048 at 02:45 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1916".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2048 after 22 days on 21 October 2048 at 18:25.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 apogee on this date at 06:20, this is 13 days after last perigee on 15 September 2048 at 15:06 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 11 October 2048 at 04:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 231 km (251 177 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2048. It is 1 177 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 180 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 28 September 2048 at 18:16 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 October 2048 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 28 September 2048 at 11:46 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.189°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.082° in the next southern standstill on 12 October 2048 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 7 October 2048 at 17:45 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.