Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 23 April 2003 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | April 2003

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

Last Quarter 50% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 April 2003 at 12:18 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1880"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1908".

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2003 after 22 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 23 May 2003 at 00:31

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 40 / 993

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 17 April 2003 at 04:58 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 381 190 km

Moon is 381 190 km (236 860 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 530 km (252 606 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 19 April 2003 at 00:24 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

17 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 after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.442°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.496° in the next northern standstill on 6 May 2003 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 1 May 2003 at 12:15 in ♉ Taurus, 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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