Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days 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 ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 22 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 21 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°.
Moon is at apogee at 22:10. It is 13 days after previous perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 18 October 2004 at 00:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 328 km (251 238 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 080 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 381 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after ascending node on 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 17:37 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.020°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.048° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 19 October 2004 at 08:00.
In 8 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.