Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 2 October 2004 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | October 2004

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

Waning Gibbous 84% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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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 28 September 2004 at 13:09.

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1792"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1918".

Harvest Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 25 days on 28 October 2004 at 03:07.

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 58 / 1011

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 58 of Meeus index or 1011 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

Length of current 58 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 40 minutes longer than next lunation 59 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠269.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠302.8°. 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

9 days after point of perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 400 012 km

Moon is 400 012 km (248 556 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 328 km (251 238 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 22 September 2004 at 02:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.958°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.020° in the next northern standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 14 October 2004 at 02:48 in ♎ Libra, 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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