Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 March 2004 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | March 2004

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

Waxing Crescent 7% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 20 March 2004 at 22:41.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1795"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1925".

Pink Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2004 after 12 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 19 April 2004 at 13:21

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 52 / 1005

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 52 of Meeus index or 1005 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. It is 51 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 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠93.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠93.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠129.7°.

Moon before perigee

11 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 3 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 399 295 km

The Moon is 399 295 km (248 110 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 520 km (251 357 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 10 March 2004 at 23:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, 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

26 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 before northern standstill

8 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 5 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 12 days

In 12 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03 in ♎ Libra 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.

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