Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 14 January 2004 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | January 2004

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 58% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 15 January 2004 at 04:46 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1932"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1951".

Snow Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 22 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 49 / 1002

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 49 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 50 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠15.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 370 946 km

Moon is 370 946 km (230 495 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 768 km (225 414 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.031°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.072° in the next southern standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 21 January 2004 at 21:05 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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