Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 31 January 2004 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 29 January 2004 at 06:03.
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 ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 5 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 50 of Meeus index or 1003 from Brown series.
Length of current 50 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 51 length.
Length of current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 38 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠33.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.1°. 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 14:00, this is 11 days after last perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 404 807 km (251 535 mi) away from Earth. It is 601 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 902 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 29 January 2004 at 22:07 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2004 at 21:44 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.
11 days after previous South standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.072°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.131° in the next northern standstill on 3 February 2004 at 04:10 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.