Crescent ♈ Aries
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 11 May 2004 at 11:04.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1875" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 20 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 53 of Meeus index or 1006 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes. It is 4 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 47 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 16 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠129.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠158.3°.
7 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 21 May 2004 at 12:02 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 382 224 km (237 503 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 262 km (252 440 mi).
8 days after descending node on 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 in ♉ Taurus.
23 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 8 May 2004 at 08:08 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.623°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.595° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 May 2004 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer.
In 5 days on 19 May 2004 at 04:52 in ♉ Taurus 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.