Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 January 2004 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | January 2004

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 85% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 85% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 30 December 2003 at 10:03.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 4 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 49 / 1002

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.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠15.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠33.9°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 20:19. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 16 days, until point of next perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 405 707 km

This apogee Moon is 405 707 km (252 095 mi) away from Earth. It is 299 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 002 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.044°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.031° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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