Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 6 September 2004 at 15:11.
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 ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 20 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 02:42, this is 11 days after last perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 404 464 km (251 322 mi) away from Earth. It is 944 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 245 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 3 September 2004 at 06:34 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 September 2004 at 14:51 in ♎ Libra.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 09:40 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.870°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.958° in its southern standstill point on 22 September 2004 at 02:36 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 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.