Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 May 2040 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | May 2040

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

Waxing Crescent 2% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 11 May 2040 at 03:28.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1899".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2040 after 13 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 19 May 2040 at 07:00
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 26 May 2040 at 11:47
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 2 June 2040 at 02:17
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 9 June 2040 at 18:03

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 499 / 1452

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 499 of Meeus index or 1452 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.61 days

Length of current 499 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 35 minutes. It is 37 minutes shorter than next lunation 500 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠122.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠122.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠152°. 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

12 days after point of perigee on 30 April 2040 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 May 2040 at 01:01 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 400 506 km

Moon is 400 506 km (248 863 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 171 km (251 762 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 04:05 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 26 May 2040 at 08:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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New draconic month

At 04:05 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2040 at 10:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.155°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.185° in the next northern standstill on 15 May 2040 at 03:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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