Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 February 2040 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | February 2040

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

Waxing Gibbous 81% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 81% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 19 February 2040 at 21:33.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1939".

Snow Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 4 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 496 / 1449

The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 496 of Meeus index or 1449 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 496 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 497 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠30.1°

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°).

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 15 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 405 335 km

Moon is 405 335 km (251 863 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 15 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 227 km (228 184 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 20 February 2040 at 14:18 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

2 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 in northern standstill

At 04:38 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.645°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.776° in its southern standstill point on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 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.

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