Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 March 2040 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | March 2040

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

Waxing Crescent 29% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 March 2040 at 01:46.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1788"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1927".

Worm Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 10 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 20 March 2040 at 17:59
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 28 March 2040 at 15:11
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 4 April 2040 at 14:06
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 11 April 2040 at 14:00

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 497 / 1450

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

Length of current 497 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 498 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠53.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠86°. 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 apogee

8 days after point of perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 21 March 2040 at 11:22 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 400 976 km

Moon is 400 976 km (249 155 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 287 km (251 212 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 16:29 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 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio.

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New draconic month

At 16:29 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.776°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.893° in the next northern standstill on 21 March 2040 at 12:03 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11 in ♎ Libra, 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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