Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 16 February 2004 Monday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 13 February 2004 at 13:40.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 19 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on this date at 07:34, this is 15 days after last apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 February 2004 at 10:45 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 368 320 km (228 863 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 812 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 036 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 12 February 2004 at 21:44 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 February 2004 at 00:15 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 13:51 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.229°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.341° in its northern standstill point on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer.
After 3 days on 20 February 2004 at 09:18 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.