Crescent ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 19 April 2004 at 13:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 14 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 53 of Meeus index or 1006 from Brown series.
Length of current 53 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes. It is 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 54 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠129.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠158.3°. 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 8 April 2004 at 02:28 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 400 731 km (249 003 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 403 km (251 906 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 11:40 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 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 11:40 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 11 April 2004 at 00:50 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.596°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.628° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2004 at 03:32 in ♋ Cancer.
After 14 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.