Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 6 December 2040 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days 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 about ∠15° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2040 after 12 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16.
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 2 days 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 13:20, this is 11 days after last apogee on 24 November 2040 at 19:12 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 22 December 2040 at 13:29 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 363 352 km (225 776 mi) away from Earth. It is 844 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 004 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 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 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 December 2040 at 21:13 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.791°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.761° in its northern standstill point on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 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.