Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.
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 first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 27 days on 28 October 2004 at 03:07.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
7 days after point of perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 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 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 392 325 km (243 779 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 328 km (251 238 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 13:30 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.
At 13:30 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
8 days since the previous standstill on 22 September 2004 at 02:36 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.958°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.020° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.
In 13 days on 14 October 2004 at 02:48 in ♎ Libra 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.