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Moon phase on 3 January 2003 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1879" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 14 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
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 20:23 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.
29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes is the length of new lunation 37. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 38 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠56.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠90.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 381 516 km (237 063 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 343 km (251 247 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 2 January 2003 at 16:56 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.783°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.794° in the next northern standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.