Crescent ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 23 May 2003 at 00:31.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2003 after 16 days on 14 June 2003 at 11:16.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 41 of Meeus index or 994 from Brown series.
Length of current 41 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. 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 13:05, this is 12 days after last perigee on 15 May 2003 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 12 June 2003 at 23:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 406 171 km (252 383 mi) away from Earth. It is 763 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 538 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 16 May 2003 at 10:51 in ♏ Scorpio, 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 30 May 2003 at 08:33 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 19 May 2003 at 03:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.503°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.491° in the next northern standstill on 2 June 2003 at 15:27 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 31 May 2003 at 04:20 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.