Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 18 December 2040 Tuesday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2040.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 December 2040 at 13:29 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 399 364 km (248 153 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 778 km (252 139 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 15 December 2040 at 21:13 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 30 December 2040 at 10:13 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 6 December 2040 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.791°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.761° in the next northern standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.