Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 15 January 2004 at 04:46.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 17 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
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 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.
Length of current 49 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 50 length.
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.
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 is reaching point of perigee on this date at 19:25, this is 15 days after last apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 362 768 km (225 414 mi) away from Earth. It is 260 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 588 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after its descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 January 2004 at 22:07 in ♉ Taurus.
16 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 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.031°. Next day 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.
After 2 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.