Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 24 March 2004 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 20 March 2004 at 22:41.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2004 after 11 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 3 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.
Length of current 52 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 53 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠93.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠129.7°. 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 12 March 2004 at 03:37 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 March 2004 at 07:02 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 192 km (249 911 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 520 km (251 357 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 04:55 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 7 April 2004 at 05:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 04:55 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous South standstill on 14 March 2004 at 19:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.445°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.541° in the next northern standstill on 28 March 2004 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 11 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.