Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 17 February 2040 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 12 February 2040 at 14:24.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 10 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 496 of Meeus index or 1449 from Brown series.
Length of current 496 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 497 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.5°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 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 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 392 075 km (243 624 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 988 km (251 648 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 7 February 2040 at 15:18 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 20 February 2040 at 14:18 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 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.560°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.645° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.