Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 January 2003 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | January 2003

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

Waxing Crescent 31% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 31% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 2 January 2003 at 20:23.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 9 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 37 / 990

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠56.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠56.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠90.6°.

Moon before perigee

9 days 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 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 402 127 km

The Moon is 402 127 km (249 870 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 343 km (251 247 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 2 January 2003 at 16:56 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.783°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.794° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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