Quarter ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 21 January 2040 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 January 2040 at 02:21 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 7 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
8 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 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 January 2040 at 22:42 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 394 841 km (245 343 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 896 km (252 212 mi).
10 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 January 2040 at 12:28 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 13 January 2040 at 06:43 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.460°. Next 5 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 7 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.