Crescent ♉ Taurus
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 48% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 21 July 2003 at 07:01 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 21 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 43 of Meeus index or 996 from Brown series.
Length of current 43 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 44 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠234.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠268.5°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 10 July 2003 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 466 km (251 324 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 330 km (251 239 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 10 July 2003 at 04:17 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 July 2003 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.465°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.493° in the next northern standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 29 July 2003 at 06:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.