Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 February 2040 at 21:33 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 7 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 496 of Meeus index or 1449 from Brown series.
Length of current 496 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 497 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.5°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 659 km (250 201 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 988 km (251 648 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 14:18 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 14:18 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous South standstill on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.560°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.645° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.