Gibbous ♊ Gemini
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 February 2003 at 11:11 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2003 after 6 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 38 of Meeus index or 991 from Brown series.
Length of current 38 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than next lunation 39 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠90.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠127.8°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2003 at 16:19 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 401 829 km (249 685 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 844 km (226 704 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 17:39 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 17:39 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous South standstill on 30 January 2003 at 00:31 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.834°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.923° in the next northern standstill on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.