Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 2 January 2004 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 30 December 2003 at 10:03.
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 about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 5 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40.
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 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.
Length of current 49 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 50 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.9°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 046 km (251 063 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 707 km (252 095 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 20:11 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 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 20:11 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.044°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.031° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.