Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 4 December 2003 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | December 2003

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 84% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 30 November 2003 at 17:16.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 4 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 48 / 1001

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

Length of current 48 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 49 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠359.8°

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 before apogee

10 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 400 731 km

Moon is 400 731 km (249 003 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 281 km (252 451 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 26 November 2003 at 09:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.092°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.057° in the next northern standstill on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 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.

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