Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 20 January 2040 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 14 January 2040 at 03:25.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 8 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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 495 of Meeus index or 1448 from Brown series.
Length of current 495 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2040. It is 23 minutes shorter than next lunation 496 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠12.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠30.1°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2040 at 10:03 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 January 2040 at 22:42 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 390 449 km (242 614 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 896 km (252 212 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 11 January 2040 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 January 2040 at 12:28 in ♊ Gemini.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 13 January 2040 at 06:43 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.460°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.480° in the next northern standstill on 26 January 2040 at 22:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.