Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 12 August 2004 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 7 August 2004 at 22:01.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2004 after 17 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 56 of Meeus index or 1009 from Brown series.
Length of current 56 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute. It is 55 minutes longer than next lunation 57 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠205.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠234°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 405 155 km (251 752 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 106 km (226 866 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 7 August 2004 at 02:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 August 2004 at 12:11 in ♏ Scorpio.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 02:38 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.674°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.776° in its southern standstill point on 25 August 2004 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 16 August 2004 at 01:24 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.