Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 3 February 2004 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 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 ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 2 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 12 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 402 076 km (249 838 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 320 km (228 863 mi).
4 days 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 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2004 at 21:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 04:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.131°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.229° in its southern standstill point on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 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.