Quarter ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 November 2048 at 20:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2048 after 7 days on 20 November 2048 at 11:20.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 604 of Meeus index or 1557 from Brown series.
Length of current 604 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2048. It is 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 605 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠330.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠348.2°. 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 7 November 2048 at 23:21 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 23 November 2048 at 18:24 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 368 813 km (229 170 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 928 km (252 232 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 8 November 2048 at 12:22 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 November 2048 at 02:54 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.
4 days after previous South standstill on 8 November 2048 at 11:15 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.947°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.917° in the next northern standstill on 22 November 2048 at 01:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 20 November 2048 at 11:20 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.