Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 76% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 6 March 2004 at 23:14.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1931".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2004 after 24 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
12 days 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 day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 March 2004 at 03:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 365 030 km (226 819 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 511 km (229 603 mi).
1 day after descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2004 at 04:55 in ♉ Taurus.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.341°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.445° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2004 at 19:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 9 days on 20 March 2004 at 22:41 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.