Quarter ♌ Leo
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 April 2040 at 13:37 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2040 after 7 days on 27 April 2040 at 02:38.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 498 of Meeus index or 1451 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes. It is 1 hour and 7 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠86°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠122.1°.
1 day after point of apogee on 18 April 2040 at 07:16 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 April 2040 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 404 617 km (251 417 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 739 km (227 260 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 14 April 2040 at 21:15 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 28 April 2040 at 22:56 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 17 April 2040 at 20:06 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.101°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.155° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 May 2040 at 10:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 27 April 2040 at 02:38 in ♏ Scorpio 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.