Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 27 December 2002 at 00:31.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 17 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 36 of Meeus index or 989 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠32.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠56.5°.
1 day after point of perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 368 677 km (229 085 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 343 km (251 247 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 11:16 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 20 December 2002 at 18:29 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.790°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.783° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 January 2003 at 16:56 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 2 days on 2 January 2003 at 20:23 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.