Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 20 August 2003 at 00:48.
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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 18 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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 19 August 2003 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 397 990 km (247 300 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 929 km (228 620 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 19 August 2003 at 21:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 11:41 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠26.649°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-26.746° in its southern standstill point on 5 September 2003 at 11:54 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 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.