Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 31 January 2040 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | January 2040

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

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1820"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820" and ∠1947".

Wolf Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 27 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.

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 495 / 1448

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 495 of Meeus index or 1448 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

Length of current 495 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2040. It is 23 minutes shorter than next lunation 496 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠12.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠12.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠30.1°. 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 after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 25 January 2040 at 22:42 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 393 859 km

Moon is 393 859 km (244 733 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 749 km (224 780 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 24 January 2040 at 12:28 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

4 days after previous North standstill on 26 January 2040 at 22:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.480°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.560° in the next southern standstill on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 12 February 2040 at 14:24 in ♒ Aquarius, 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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