Quarter ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 August 2004 at 22:01 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1804" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2004 after 22 days on 30 August 2004 at 02:22.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 56 of Meeus index or 1009 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute. It is 55 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°).
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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠205.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠234°.
8 days after 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 397 358 km (246 907 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 291 km (251 836 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 02:41 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 21 August 2004 at 12:11 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 02:41 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
8 days since the previous 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 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.674° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 August 2004 at 02:38 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 16 August 2004 at 01:24 in ♌ Leo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.