Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 March 2040 at 17:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 7 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.
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.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.
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.
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.
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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:22, this is 11 days after last perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 April 2040 at 20:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 287 km (251 212 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2040. It is 1 121 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 236 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 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 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 12:03 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.893°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-26.010° in its southern standstill point on 4 April 2040 at 04:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 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.