Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
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 ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 October 2048 at 12:20 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2048 after 6 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 603 of Meeus index or 1556 from Brown series.
Length of current 603 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 minute longer than next lunation 604 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 18 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠307.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠330.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 11 October 2048 at 04:52 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 October 2048 at 01:59 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 367 252 km (228 200 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 996 km (251 653 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 12 October 2048 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 October 2048 at 21:25 in ♊ Gemini.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 12 October 2048 at 03:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.082°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.990° in the next northern standstill on 25 October 2048 at 19:04 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 21 October 2048 at 18:25 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.