Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 23 November 2003 at 22:59.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 12 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.
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 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.
Length of current 48 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 367 146 km (228 134 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 281 km (252 451 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 09:16 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.092°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.057° in its northern standstill point on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.