Gibbous ♈ Aries
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 August 2004 at 02:22.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1882" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 28 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
4 days after point of perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 September 2004 at 02:42 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 380 801 km (236 619 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 464 km (251 322 mi).
9 days after descending node on 21 August 2004 at 12:11 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 September 2004 at 06:34 in ♉ Taurus.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 25 August 2004 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.776°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.870° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 September 2004 at 09:40 in ♋ Cancer.
In 14 days on 14 September 2004 at 14:29 in ♍ Virgo 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.