Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 6 December 2004 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | December 2004

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

Waning Crescent 35% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 35% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 5 December 2004 at 00:53.

Moonrise and moonset

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 entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 20 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

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 60 / 1013

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 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

Length of current 60 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 61 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠327.5°

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°).

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 387 577 km

Moon is 387 577 km (240 829 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 986 km (222 442 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after its ascending node on 24 November 2004 at 04:05 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.963°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.935° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 12 December 2004 at 01:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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