Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 16 May 2004 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1811" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 17 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20.
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 27 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.
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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 May 2004 at 12:02 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 395 710 km (245 883 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 262 km (252 440 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 4 May 2004 at 15:00 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 in ♉ Taurus.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 8 May 2004 at 08:08 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.623°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.595° in the next northern standstill on 22 May 2004 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 19 May 2004 at 04:52 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.