Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 24 April 2004 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 19 April 2004 at 13:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2004 after 10 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 53 of Meeus index or 1006 from Brown series.
Length of current 53 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes. It is 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 54 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠129.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠158.3°. 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 apogee on this date at 00:26, this is 15 days after last perigee on 8 April 2004 at 02:28 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 403 km (251 906 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 306 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 20 April 2004 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 11 April 2004 at 00:50 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.596°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.628° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2004 at 03:32 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 4 May 2004 at 20:33 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.