Gibbous ♈ Aries
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 31 July 2004 at 18:05.
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 ∠15° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1844" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2004 after 24 days on 30 August 2004 at 02:22.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 56 of Meeus index or 1009 from Brown series.
Length of current 56 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute. It is 55 minutes longer than next lunation 57 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠205.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠234°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 30 July 2004 at 06:25 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 388 690 km (241 521 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 291 km (251 836 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 25 July 2004 at 11:29 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 7 August 2004 at 02:41 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.
6 days after previous South standstill on 29 July 2004 at 13:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.607°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.674° in the next northern standstill on 12 August 2004 at 02:38 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 16 August 2004 at 01:24 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.