Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2003 after 14 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 12:15 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 41 of Meeus index or 994 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes is the length of new lunation 41. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer than next lunation 42 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠181.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠205.5°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 07:39, this is 14 days after last perigee on 17 April 2003 at 04:58 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2003 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 406 530 km (252 606 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2003. It is 1 122 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 179 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.442°. Next 4 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.