Quarter* ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 August 2003 at 00:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 22 days on 10 September 2003 at 16:36.
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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 apogee on this date at 14:22, this is 13 days after last perigee on 6 August 2003 at 14:06 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 404 102 km (251 097 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest apogee of 2003. It is 1 306 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 51 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 21:08 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 21:08 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous South standstill on 9 August 2003 at 06:19 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.553°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.649° in the next northern standstill on 23 August 2003 at 11:41 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 27 August 2003 at 17:26 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.