Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 August 2003 at 07:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 44 of Meeus index or 997 from Brown series.
Length of current 44 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 51 minutes longer than next lunation 45 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠268.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠301°. 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 perigee on this date at 14:06, this is 14 days after last apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 19 August 2003 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 369 437 km (229 558 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 929 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 919 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 06:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 19 August 2003 at 21:08 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.493°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.553° in the next southern standstill on 9 August 2003 at 06:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.