Crescent ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 9 July 2004 at 07:34.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2004 after 20 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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
9 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 July 2004 at 21:08 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 399 370 km (248 157 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 192 km (252 396 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 00:59 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 25 July 2004 at 11:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 00:59 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 2 July 2004 at 03:43 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.538°. Next 4 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 5 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.