Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 December 2040 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | December 2040

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

Waxing Gibbous 91% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 10 December 2040 at 23:30.

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1852"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1852" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2040 after 3 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16.

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 506 / 1459

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 506 of Meeus index or 1459 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.48 days

Length of current 506 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour longer than next lunation 507 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠323.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠323.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠342.7°. 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 apogee

8 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 December 2040 at 13:29 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 387 116 km

Moon is 387 116 km (240 543 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 778 km (252 139 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 21:13 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 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio.

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New draconic month

At 21:13 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 6 December 2040 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.791°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.761° in the next northern standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16 in ♊ Gemini, 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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