Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 5 December 2048 at 15:30.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2048 after 13 days on 20 December 2048 at 06:39.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 605 of Meeus index or 1558 from Brown series.
Length of current 605 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 54 minutes. It is 3 minutes longer than next lunation 606 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠348.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠3.8°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 07:58, this is 12 days after last apogee on 23 November 2048 at 18:24 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2048 at 00:28 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 357 717 km (222 275 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 791 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 639 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 5 December 2048 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 December 2048 at 09:29 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 5 December 2048 at 21:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.922°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.926° in the next northern standstill on 19 December 2048 at 07:59 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 20 December 2048 at 06:39 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.