Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 31 October 2004 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 28 October 2004 at 03:07.
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 about ∠17° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2004 after 26 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 18 October 2004 at 00:03 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 November 2004 at 18:09 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 403 588 km (250 778 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 999 km (251 655 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 27 October 2004 at 21:41 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 November 2004 at 07:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 19 October 2004 at 08:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.048°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.042° in the next northern standstill on 2 November 2004 at 01:32 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 12 November 2004 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.