Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 31 May 2004 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 27 May 2004 at 07:57.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2004 after 2 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 54 of Meeus index or 1007 from Brown series.
Length of current 54 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 next lunation 55 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠158.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠181.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
9 days after point of apogee on 21 May 2004 at 12:02 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2004 at 13:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 370 033 km (229 928 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 249 km (221 984 mi).
13 days after its ascending node on 17 May 2004 at 18:17 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2004 at 01:20 in ♏ Scorpio.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the first to the middle part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 22 May 2004 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.595°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.569° in the next southern standstill on 4 June 2004 at 17:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 3 June 2004 at 04:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.