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

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 14 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 31 July 2004 at 18:05 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius 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 ∠1954"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1890".

Lunation 56 / 1009

The Moon is 14 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 56 of Meeus index or 1009 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute and it is 55 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 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠205.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠205.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠234°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 30 July 2004 at 06:25 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 366 823 km

The Moon is 366 823 km (227 933 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 291 km (251 836 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 25 July 2004 at 11:29 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 August 2004 at 02:41 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 29 July 2004 at 13:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.607° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.674° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 August 2004 at 02:38 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 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