Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 22 October 2003 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | October 2003

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 13% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 18 October 2003 at 12:31.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1905"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1905" and ∠1928".

Beaver Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 17 days on 9 November 2003 at 01:14.

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 46 / 999

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 46 of Meeus index or 999 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

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.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠325.5°

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 before perigee

8 days after point of apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 376 167 km

Moon is 376 167 km (233 739 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 549 km (222 792 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after its ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 October 2003 at 18:43 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

9 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 after northern standstill

5 days after previous North standstill on 17 October 2003 at 03:41 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.054°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.091° in the next southern standstill on 29 October 2003 at 23:54 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 25 October 2003 at 12:50 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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