Moon ♐ Sagittarius
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 15 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 22:59 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes is the length of new lunation 48. It is 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 49 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠359.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠15.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:14, this is 13 days after last apogee on 10 November 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 356 812 km (221 713 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2003. It is 5 696 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 387 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 06:02 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 13 November 2003 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.105°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.092° in the next southern standstill on 26 November 2003 at 09:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.