Gibbous ♓ Pisces
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 November 2004 at 05:50 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2004 after 6 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.
Length of current 60 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 61 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠327.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.8°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 14 November 2004 at 13:54 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 373 733 km (232 227 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 953 km (252 247 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 11 November 2004 at 07:43 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2004 at 04:05 in ♉ Taurus.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 15 November 2004 at 14:59 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.013°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.963° in the next northern standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.