Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 9 October 2004 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 6 October 2004 at 10:12.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1922".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 18 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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 18 October 2004 at 00:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 399 079 km (247 976 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 758 km (228 514 mi).
8 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.020°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.048° in the next southern standstill on 19 October 2004 at 08:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 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.