Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 12 December 2004 at 01:29.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 13 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.
Length of current 61 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. It is 9 minutes longer than next lunation 62 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠345.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠1.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
1 day after point of perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 363 319 km (225 756 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 488 km (252 580 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 00:27 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.935°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.905° in its northern standstill point on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.