Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 27 December 2004 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2004.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.
Length of current 61 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 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 apogee on this date at 19:15, this is 14 days after last perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2005 at 10:07 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 488 km (252 580 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 080 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 221 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 January 2005 at 21:52 in ♎ Libra.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.905°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.938° in the next southern standstill on 9 January 2005 at 11:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.