Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 December 2040 Monday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 26 December 2040 at 17:02.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1919" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2041 after 16 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 22 December 2040 at 13:29 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 January 2041 at 19:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 373 578 km (232 131 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 590 km (222 817 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 January 2041 at 00:01 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 19 December 2040 at 10:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.761°. Next day 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 2 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.