Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 March 2004 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | March 2004

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 7% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 March 2004 at 21:01.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1900"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1927".

Pink Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2004 after 17 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 20 March 2004 at 22:41
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 28 March 2004 at 23:48
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 5 April 2004 at 11:03
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 12 April 2004 at 03:46

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 51 / 1004

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 51 of Meeus index or 1004 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.56 days

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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠59.1°

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°.

Moon after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 12 March 2004 at 03:37 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 March 2004 at 07:02 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 377 306 km

The Moon is 377 306 km (234 447 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 520 km (251 357 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2004 at 04:55 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 14 March 2004 at 19:20 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.445°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.541° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 March 2004 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 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.

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