Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 May 2004 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | May 2004

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 2% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 19 May 2004 at 04:52.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 13 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 27 May 2004 at 07:57
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 3 June 2004 at 04:20
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2004 at 20:02
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 17 June 2004 at 20:27

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 54 / 1007

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 54 of Meeus index or 1007 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

Length of current 54 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 35 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2004. It is 38 minutes longer than next lunation 55 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠158.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠158.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠181.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

14 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 May 2004 at 12:02 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 405 268 km

Moon is 405 268 km (251 822 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 262 km (252 440 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 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 1 June 2004 at 01:20 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2004 at 08:08 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.623°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.595° in the next northern standstill on 22 May 2004 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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