Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 28 February 2004 at 03:24 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1936".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2004 after 6 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 51 of Meeus index or 1004 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 24 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 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 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠59.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠93.6°.
1 day after point of apogee on 28 February 2004 at 10:45 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 March 2004 at 03:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 404 973 km (251 639 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 511 km (229 603 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 26 February 2004 at 00:15 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 16 February 2004 at 13:51 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.229°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.341° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14 in ♍ Virgo 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.