Quarter ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 3 May 2040 Thursday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 3 May 2040 at 20:00 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2040 after 22 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 498 of Meeus index or 1451 from Brown series.
Length of current 498 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter than next lunation 499 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠86°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠122.1°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 30 April 2040 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 May 2040 at 01:01 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 364 953 km (226 771 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 171 km (251 762 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 28 April 2040 at 22:56 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 May 2040 at 04:05 in ♊ Gemini.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2040 at 10:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.155°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.185° in the next northern standstill on 15 May 2040 at 03:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 11 May 2040 at 03:28 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.