Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 October 2004 at 10:12 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 21 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°.
1 day after point of apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 18 October 2004 at 00:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 405 300 km (251 842 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 758 km (228 514 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.020°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.048° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 October 2004 at 08:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 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.