Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 4 January 2040 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days 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 about ∠9° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 24 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.
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 19 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°).
5 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 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 January 2040 at 10:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 391 742 km (243 417 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 769 km (222 307 mi).
7 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2040 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2039 at 16:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.448°. Next 8 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 9 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.