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Moon phase on 31 May 2003 Saturday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | May 2003

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

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 31 May 2003 at 04:20 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1892".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2003 after 13 days on 14 June 2003 at 11:16.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 7 June 2003 at 20:28
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 14 June 2003 at 11:16
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 21 June 2003 at 14:45
  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 29 June 2003 at 18:39

Spring tide

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.

New lunation 42 / 995

At 04:20 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 42 of Meeus index or 995 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.6 days

29 days, 14 hours and 19 minutes is the length of new lunation 42. It is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 43 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 35 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 28 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠205.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠205.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠234.1°. 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 apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 28 May 2003 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 June 2003 at 23:18 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 402 258 km

Moon is 402 258 km (249 952 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 427 km (223 959 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 30 May 2003 at 08:33 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 June 2003 at 21:16 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

1 day 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 northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 19 May 2003 at 03:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.503°. Next 2 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.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

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

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