Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 18 October 2004 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 14 October 2004 at 02:48.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2004 after 9 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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 59 of Meeus index or 1012 from Brown series.
Length of current 59 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 39 minutes. It is 37 minutes longer than next lunation 60 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 4 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠302.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠327.5°. 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 perigee on this date at 00:03, this is 12 days after last apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 November 2004 at 18:09 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 367 758 km (228 514 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 250 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 598 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 14 October 2004 at 21:47 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 October 2004 at 21:41 in ♈ Aries.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.020°. Next day 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 9 days on 28 October 2004 at 03:07 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.