Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 March 2040 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.
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 ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 24 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 369 480 km (229 584 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 227 km (228 184 mi).
12 days 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.645°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.776° in the next southern standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 13 March 2040 at 01:46 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.