Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 12 December 2004 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 14 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 01:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes is the length of new lunation 61. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. It is 9 minutes longer than next lunation 62 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠345.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠1.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:30, this is 12 days after last apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 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 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 357 986 km (222 442 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 522 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 370 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.963°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.935° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.