Gibbous ♌ Leo
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2041 after 25 days on 17 January 2041 at 07:11.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
Moon is at apogee at 13:29. It is 16 days after previous perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 3 January 2041 at 19:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 405 778 km (252 139 mi) away from Earth. It is 370 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 931 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after ascending node on 15 December 2040 at 21:13 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.761°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.763° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 January 2041 at 11:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 2 January 2041 at 19:08 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.