Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 73% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 23 August 2004 at 10:12.
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 ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2004 after 4 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 57 of Meeus index or 1010 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. It is 46 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 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠234°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠269.4°.
14 days after point of apogee on 11 August 2004 at 09:34 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 363 304 km (225 747 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 106 km (226 866 mi).
3 days after descending node on 21 August 2004 at 12:11 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 September 2004 at 06:34 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 20:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.776°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.870° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 8 September 2004 at 09:40.
In 4 days on 30 August 2004 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.