Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days 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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 9 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
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 5 days 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 403 922 km (250 985 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 812 km (223 577 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 20 April 2004 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 03:32 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.628°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.623° in its southern standstill point on 8 May 2004 at 08:08 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 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.