Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 31 August 2040 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 29 August 2040 at 11:16.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2040 after 20 days on 20 September 2040 at 17:43.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 502 of Meeus index or 1455 from Brown series.
Length of current 502 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 47 minutes. It is 35 minutes longer than next lunation 503 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠199°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠226.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
10 days after point of perigee on 21 August 2040 at 03:58 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 September 2040 at 10:15 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 403 134 km (250 496 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 547 km (251 995 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 28 August 2040 at 19:18 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 September 2040 at 06:11 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 18 August 2040 at 23:35 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.313°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.397° in the next northern standstill on 1 September 2040 at 03:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 6 September 2040 at 15:13 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.