Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 23 August 2004 at 10:12.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2004 after 4 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 57 of Meeus index or 1010 from Brown series.
Length of current 57 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. It is 46 minutes longer than next lunation 58 length.
Length of current synodic month is 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠234°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.4°. 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 304 km (225 747 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 106 km (226 866 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 21 August 2004 at 12:11 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 September 2004 at 06:34 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:48 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.776°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.870° in its northern standstill point on 8 September 2004 at 09:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 30 August 2004 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.