Crescent ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 9 July 2004 at 07:34 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2004 after 22 days on 31 July 2004 at 18:05.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 55 of Meeus index or 1008 from Brown series.
Length of current 55 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 57 minutes. It is 57 minutes longer than next lunation 56 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠181.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠205.1°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 1 July 2004 at 23:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 July 2004 at 21:08 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 391 465 km (243 245 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 192 km (252 396 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 28 June 2004 at 08:37 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2004 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 2 July 2004 at 03:43 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.538°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.543° in the next northern standstill on 15 July 2004 at 20:46 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 17 July 2004 at 11:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.