Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 10 December 2004 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | December 2004

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 4% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 5 December 2004 at 00:53.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1941"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1941" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 16 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 60 / 1013

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 28 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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠327.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠327.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.8°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 369 300 km

The Moon is 369 300 km (229 472 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 986 km (222 442 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.963°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.935° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 12 December 2004 at 01:29 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.

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