Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 20 February 2004 Friday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 15 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 09:18 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 51 of Meeus index or 1004 from Brown series.
29 days, 13 hours and 24 minutes is the length of new lunation 51. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than next lunation 52 length.
Length of current synodic month is 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠93.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 16 February 2004 at 07:34 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 February 2004 at 10:45 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 379 819 km (236 009 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 259 km (251 195 mi).
7 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 February 2004 at 00:15 in ♉ Taurus.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.229°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.341° in the next northern standstill on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.