Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 March 2040 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | March 2040

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 13% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 13 March 2040 at 01:46.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1821"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1821" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 12 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 20 March 2040 at 17:59
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 28 March 2040 at 15:11
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 4 April 2040 at 14:06
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 11 April 2040 at 14:00

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 497 / 1450

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠53.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠86°.

Moon before perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 March 2040 at 11:22 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 393 659 km

The Moon is 393 659 km (244 608 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 287 km (251 212 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.776°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.893° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 March 2040 at 12:03 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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