Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 22 March 2003 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | March 2003

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

Waning Gibbous 78% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1926".

Worm Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 25 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 25 March 2003 at 01:51
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 1 April 2003 at 19:19
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 9 April 2003 at 23:40
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 16 April 2003 at 19:36

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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 364 715 km

Moon is 364 715 km (226 623 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 211 km (252 408 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:37 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.158°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.258° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 1 April 2003 at 19:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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