Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 7 December 2003 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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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 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 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 is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 1 day 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 13 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 12:05, this is 13 days after last perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 406 281 km

This apogee Moon is 406 281 km (252 451 mi) away from Earth. It is 873 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 428 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2003 at 16:07 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

1 day 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 before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 26 November 2003 at 09:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.092°. Next 3 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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