Quarter ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 53% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 February 2004 at 03:24 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 7 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 51 of Meeus index or 1004 from Brown series.
Length of current 51 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 24 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than next lunation 52 length.
Length of current synodic month is 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠93.6°. 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 apogee on this date at 10:45, this is 12 days after last perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 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 12 March 2004 at 03:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 259 km (251 195 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2004. It is 1 149 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 208 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 26 February 2004 at 00:15 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.229°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.341° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.