Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 5 December 2040 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 4 December 2040 at 07:33.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2040 after 13 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 506 of Meeus index or 1459 from Brown series.
Length of current 506 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour longer than next lunation 507 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠323.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠342.7°. 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 apogee on 24 November 2040 at 19:12 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 367 475 km (228 338 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 352 km (225 776 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 3 December 2040 at 01:02 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 December 2040 at 21:13 in ♉ Taurus.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 22 November 2040 at 02:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.813°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.791° in the next southern standstill on 6 December 2040 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.