Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 28 October 2004 at 03:07.
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 ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2004 after 24 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07.
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 59 of Meeus index or 1012 from Brown series.
Length of current 59 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 39 minutes. It is 37 minutes longer than next lunation 60 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 4 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠302.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠327.5°. 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 18:09, this is 15 days after last perigee on 18 October 2004 at 00:03 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 14 November 2004 at 13:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 999 km (251 655 mi) away from Earth. It is 409 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 710 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 27 October 2004 at 21:41 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 November 2004 at 07:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 01:32 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.042°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2004. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.013° in its southern standstill point on 15 November 2004 at 14:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 12 November 2004 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.