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Moon phase on 21 March 2040 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2040 | March 2040

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 57% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 20 March 2040 at 17:59 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1925".

Worm Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2040 after 7 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 19 April 2040 at 13:37

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 497 / 1450

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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 at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 11:22. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 3 April 2040 at 20:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 404 287 km

This apogee Moon is 404 287 km (251 212 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2040. It is 1 121 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 236 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at northern standstill

At 12:03 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.893°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-26.010° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 4 April 2040 at 04:16.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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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