Quarter* ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 March 2004 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 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 first ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2004 after 23 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 20 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.
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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 03:37, this is 12 days after last apogee on 28 February 2004 at 10:45 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 27 March 2004 at 07:02 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 511 km (229 603 mi) away from Earth. It is 7 003 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 845 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2004 at 04:55 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 1 March 2004 at 11:47 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.341°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.445° in the next southern standstill on 14 March 2004 at 19:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 20 March 2004 at 22:41 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.