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Moon phase on 17 April 2003 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | April 2003

Full Moon phase
Full Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Full Moon 99% illuminated

Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99%. The 15 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 16 April 2003 at 19:36 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1911".

It is Pink Moon

The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 2003.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 23 April 2003 at 12:18
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 1 May 2003 at 12:15
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2003 at 11:53
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2003 at 03:36

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunation 40 / 993

The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 40 of Meeus index or 993 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.71 days

Length of current 40 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2003. It is 51 minutes longer than next lunation 41 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠157.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠157.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠181.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 04:58, this is 13 days after last apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 357 158 km

This perigee Moon is 357 158 km (221 928 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 350 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 198 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 April 2003 at 00:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days after previous North standstill on 9 April 2003 at 03:25 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.383°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.442° in the next southern standstill on 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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