Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 May 2040 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 11 May 2040 at 03:28.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2040 after 9 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 499 of Meeus index or 1452 from Brown series.
Length of current 499 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 35 minutes. It is 37 minutes shorter than next lunation 500 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠122.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠152°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:01, this is 15 days after last perigee on 30 April 2040 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 May 2040 at 02:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 171 km (251 762 mi) away from Earth. It is 237 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 538 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 12 May 2040 at 04:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 May 2040 at 08:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 15 May 2040 at 03:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.185°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.181° in the next southern standstill on 28 May 2040 at 18:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 26 May 2040 at 11:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.