Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 26 January 2040 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 21 January 2040 at 02:21.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2040 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 25 January 2040 at 22:42 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 15 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 405 493 km (251 962 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 15 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 749 km (224 780 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 24 January 2040 at 12:28 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 22:14 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.480°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2040. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.560° in its southern standstill point on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 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.