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Moon phase on 18 July 2040 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | July 2040

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 62% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 July 2040 at 09:16 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1901"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1901" and ∠1888".

Buck Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2040 after 5 days on 24 July 2040 at 02:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Aquarius ♒ on 24 July 2040 at 02:05
  • Last Quarter in Taurus ♉ on 30 July 2040 at 21:06
  • New Moon in Leo ♌ on 8 August 2040 at 00:26
  • First Quarter in Scorpio ♏ on 15 August 2040 at 18:36

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 501 / 1454

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 501 of Meeus index or 1454 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 501 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2040. It is 25 minutes longer than next lunation 502 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠175.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠175.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠199°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before perigee

8 days after point of apogee on 9 July 2040 at 20:13 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 July 2040 at 19:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 376 989 km

Moon is 376 989 km (234 250 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 113 km (221 900 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after its ascending node on 5 July 2040 at 15:32 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 July 2040 at 02:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 8 July 2040 at 16:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.142°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.179° in the next southern standstill on 22 July 2040 at 14:28 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 24 July 2040 at 02:05 in ♒ Aquarius, 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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