Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 3 January 2004 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 4 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 11 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 20:19, this is 12 days after last perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 707 km (252 095 mi) away from Earth. It is 299 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 002 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.044°. Next 3 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 4 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.