Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 17 January 2003 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 14 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | January 2003

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 14 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 10 January 2003 at 13:15.

Moonrise and moonset

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.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 1 day on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.

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 37 / 990

The Moon is 14 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.6 days

Length of current 37 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 38 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠56.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠56.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠90.6°. 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 before perigee

6 days after point of apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 387 628 km

Moon is 387 628 km (240 861 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 912 km (229 853 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in northern standstill

At 02:11 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.794°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.834° in its southern standstill point on 30 January 2003 at 00:31 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 18 January 2003 at 10:48 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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