Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 31 January 2040 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 29 January 2040 at 07:54.
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 ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 27 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
5 days 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 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 393 859 km (244 733 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 749 km (224 780 mi).
6 days 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
6 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 26 January 2040 at 22:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.480°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.560° in the next southern standstill on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 12 February 2040 at 14:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.