Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 22 December 2040 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
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 apogee on this date at 13:29, this is 16 days after last perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the 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 farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 931 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.761°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.763° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2041 at 11:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 2 January 2041 at 19:08 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.