Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 21 May 2004 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | May 2004

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 5% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 19 May 2004 at 04:52.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1895".

Strawberry Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 12 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 27 May 2004 at 07:57
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 3 June 2004 at 04:20
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2004 at 20:02
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 17 June 2004 at 20:27

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 54 / 1007

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 54 of Meeus index or 1007 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 35 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2004. It is 38 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 12 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠158.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠158.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠181.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 12:02. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 6 May 2004 at 04:29 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 3 June 2004 at 13:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 406 262 km

This apogee Moon is 406 262 km (252 440 mi) away from Earth. It is 854 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 447 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2004 at 01:20 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

13 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 day to face maximum declination of ∠27.595° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 May 2004 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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