Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 18 December 2004 at 16:40.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 3 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°.
10 days 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 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 398 071 km (247 350 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 488 km (252 580 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 January 2005 at 21:52 in ♎ Libra.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.935°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.905° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini.
In 3 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.