Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 10 December 2040 at 23:30.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1852" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2040 after 3 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 506 of Meeus index or 1459 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠323.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠342.7°.
8 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 December 2040 at 13:29 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 387 116 km (240 543 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 778 km (252 139 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 21:13 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 21:13 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
9 days since the previous standstill on 6 December 2040 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.791°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.761° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer.
In 3 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.