Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 September 2004 at 15:54 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 6 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 58 of Meeus index or 1011 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 40 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠269.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠302.8°.
Moon is at perigee at 21:12. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 8 September 2004 at 02:42 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 369 600 km (229 659 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2004. It is 7 092 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 756 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after descending node on 17 September 2004 at 14:51 in ♎ Libra. 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 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries.
19 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 02:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.958°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.020° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 5 October 2004 at 17:37.
In 6 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09 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.