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Moon phase on 19 September 2003 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | September 2003

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 43% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 September 2003 at 19:03 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1791"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1910".

Hunter Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 20 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 45 / 998

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 45 of Meeus index or 998 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 45 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 minutes longer than next lunation 46 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠301°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠301°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠325.5°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 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 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 400 097 km

Moon is 400 097 km (248 609 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 837 km (225 456 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 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 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

3 days 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 in northern standstill

At 19:56 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠26.874°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-26.963° in its southern standstill point on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 26 September 2003 at 03:09 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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