Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 8 April 2004 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 5 April 2004 at 11:03.
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 ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1916".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 26 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:28, this is 11 days after last apogee on 27 March 2004 at 07:02 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 April 2004 at 00:26 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 364 548 km (226 520 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 040 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 808 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 7 April 2004 at 05:05 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 20 April 2004 at 11:40 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.
10 days after previous North standstill on 28 March 2004 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.541°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.596° in the next southern standstill on 11 April 2004 at 00:50 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 19 April 2004 at 13:21 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.