Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 1 January 2040 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 December 2039 at 12:37.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 27 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.
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.
The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 494 of Meeus index or 1447 from Brown series.
Length of current 494 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 53 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 495 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 18 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠12.4°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 29 December 2039 at 16:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2040 at 10:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 402 239 km (249 940 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 769 km (222 307 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 28 December 2039 at 08:24 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2040 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 30 December 2039 at 16:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.448°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.460° in the next southern standstill on 13 January 2040 at 06:43 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 14 January 2040 at 03:25 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.