Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 27 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 04:29, this is 12 days after last apogee on 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 21 May 2004 at 12:02 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 359 812 km (223 577 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 696 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 544 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 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.
11 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2004 at 03:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.628°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.623° in the next southern standstill on 8 May 2004 at 08:08 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 19 May 2004 at 04:52 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.