Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 March 2003 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | March 2003

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

Waxing Crescent 25% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 25% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 3 March 2003 at 02:35.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1933".

Worm Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 9 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 11 March 2003 at 07:15
  • Full Moon in Virgo ♍ on 18 March 2003 at 10:34
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 25 March 2003 at 01:51
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 1 April 2003 at 19:19

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 39 / 992

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 39 of Meeus index or 992 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 39 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 44 minutes. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 40 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠127.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠157.7°. 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 after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 404 887 km

Moon is 404 887 km (251 585 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 818 km (223 581 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.015°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.158° in the next northern standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34 in ♍ Virgo, 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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