Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 2 September 2004 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | September 2004

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 87% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 30 August 2004 at 02:22.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1836"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1902".

Sturgeon Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 26 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 57 / 1010

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 57 of Meeus index or 1010 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.55 days

Length of current 57 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. It is 46 minutes longer than next lunation 58 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠234°

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°).

Moon before apogee

6 days after point of perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 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 8 September 2004 at 02:42 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 390 500 km

Moon is 390 500 km (242 645 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 464 km (251 322 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 September 2004 at 06:34 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

7 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2004 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.776°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.870° in the next northern standstill on 8 September 2004 at 09:40 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 14 September 2004 at 14:29 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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