Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 January 2040 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | January 2040

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 4% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 7 January 2040 at 11:05.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 16 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 494 / 1447

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 494 of Meeus index or 1447 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

Length of current 494 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 53 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 495 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠356.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠12.4°. 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 before perigee

13 days after point of apogee on 29 December 2039 at 16:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2040 at 10:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 363 323 km

Moon is 363 323 km (225 758 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 769 km (222 307 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 11 January 2040 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 24 January 2040 at 12:28 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2039 at 16:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.448°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.460° in the next southern standstill on 13 January 2040 at 06:43 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 14 January 2040 at 03:25 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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