Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Capricorn

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 2 July 2004 at 11:09 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

It is Buck Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Buck of July 2004.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1887".

Lunation 55 / 1008

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 55 of Meeus index or 1008 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 57 minutes and it is 57 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit 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 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠181.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠181.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠205.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 1 July 2004 at 23:00 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 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 July 2004 at 21:08 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 363 936 km

The Moon is 363 936 km (226 139 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 192 km (252 396 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 28 June 2004 at 08:37 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2004 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 03:43 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.538°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.543° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 15 July 2004 at 20:46.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov