Quarter ♈ Aries
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 December 2048 at 07:29 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1891" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2048 after 7 days on 20 December 2048 at 06:39.
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 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2048 at 07:58 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2048 at 00:28 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 379 039 km (235 524 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 367 km (252 505 mi).
6 days 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 December 2048 at 09:29 in ♊ Gemini.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 5 December 2048 at 21:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.922°. Next 6 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 7 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.