Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 22 February 2040 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 19 February 2040 at 21:33.
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 first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 5 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 15:18, this is 11 days after last perigee on 10 February 2040 at 18:42 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 988 km (251 648 mi) away from Earth. It is 420 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 721 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 20 February 2040 at 14:18 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 5 March 2040 at 16:03 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.
12 days after previous South standstill on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.560°. Next day 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 5 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.