Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠33.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.1°.
2 days after point of apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 402 076 km (249 838 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 320 km (228 863 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 29 January 2004 at 22:07 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 February 2004 at 21:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 04:10 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.131°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.229° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 16 February 2004 at 13:51.
In 2 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47 in ♌ Leo 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.