Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 24 March 2003 Monday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | March 2003

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 56% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 March 2003 at 01:51 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1935"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1924".

Pink Moon after 23 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 23 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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

4 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 10 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 370 371 km

Moon is 370 371 km (230 138 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 211 km (252 408 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

14 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 southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.158°. Next day 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 8 days

After 8 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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