Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 3 September 2004 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days 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 passing about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 25 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.
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 19 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.
Length of current 57 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. It is 46 minutes longer than next lunation 58 length.
Length of current synodic month is 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠234°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.4°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 27 August 2004 at 05:37 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 September 2004 at 02:42 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 394 918 km (245 391 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 464 km (251 322 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 06:34 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 17 September 2004 at 14:51 in ♎ Libra.
At 06:34 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 25 August 2004 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.776°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.870° in the next northern standstill on 8 September 2004 at 09:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 11 days on 14 September 2004 at 14:29 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.