Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2004 after 17 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 26 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 21:08, this is 12 days after last perigee on 1 July 2004 at 23:00 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 July 2004 at 06:25 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 192 km (252 396 mi) away from Earth. It is 784 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 517 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
3 days after its ascending node on 11 July 2004 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 July 2004 at 11:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 2 July 2004 at 03:43 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.538°. Next day 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 2 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.