Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 12 December 2004 at 01:29.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 13 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.
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.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. It is 9 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠345.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.
1 day after point of perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 363 319 km (225 756 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 488 km (252 580 mi).
4 days after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 00:27 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.935°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.905° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 December 2004 at 14:10.
In 13 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.