Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 18 December 2004 at 16:40.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 5 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
8 days 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 389 927 km (242 289 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 488 km (252 580 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 06:51 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 4 January 2005 at 21:52 in ♎ Libra.
At 06:51 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.935°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.905° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 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.