Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 26 September 2003 at 03:09.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 11 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 46 of Meeus index or 999 from Brown series.
Length of current 46 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2003. It is 28 minutes shorter than next lunation 47 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠344°. 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 05:59, this is 11 days after last apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 362 837 km (225 456 mi) away from Earth. It is 329 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 519 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 19 September 2003 at 19:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.874°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.963° in the next southern standstill on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.