Quarter ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 29 January 2004 at 06:03 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 7 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 50 of Meeus index or 1003 from Brown series.
Length of current 50 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 51 length.
Length of current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 38 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠33.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.1°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 832 km (250 308 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 807 km (251 535 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 22:07 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 12 February 2004 at 21:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 22:07 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.072°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.131° in the next northern standstill on 3 February 2004 at 04:10 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.