Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 March 2040 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 March 2040 at 15:11.
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 ∠18° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1931" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2040 after 26 days on 27 April 2040 at 02:38.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.
Length of current 497 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 498 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠86°. 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 21 March 2040 at 11:22 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 April 2040 at 20:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 371 258 km (230 689 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 913 km (229 853 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 18 March 2040 at 16:29 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 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 21 March 2040 at 12:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.893°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.010° in the next southern standstill on 4 April 2040 at 04:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 11 April 2040 at 14:00 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.