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Moon phase on 7 January 2040 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | January 2040

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

Last Quarter 50% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 January 2040 at 11:05 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1898"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1898" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 21 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 494 / 1447

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 494 of Meeus index or 1447 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 53 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠356.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠356.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon before apogee

8 days after point of apogee on 29 December 2039 at 16:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 January 2040 at 10:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 377 618 km

The Moon is 377 618 km (234 641 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 769 km (222 307 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 28 December 2039 at 08:24 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2040 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 30 December 2039 at 16:29 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.448°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.460° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 January 2040 at 06:43 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 14 January 2040 at 03:25 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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