Quarter* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 5 October 2004 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
Length of current 58 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 40 minutes longer than next lunation 59 length.
Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠302.8°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:10, this is 13 days after last perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the 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 farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 381 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 17:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.020°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.048° in its southern standstill point on 19 October 2004 at 08:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 14 October 2004 at 02:48 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.