Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 26 February 2004 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 20 February 2004 at 09:18.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 9 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
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 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 51 of Meeus index or 1004 from Brown series.
Length of current 51 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 24 minutes. 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°).
10 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 February 2004 at 10:45 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 403 569 km (250 766 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 259 km (251 195 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 00:15 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 00:15 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.229°. Next 3 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.
After 9 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.