Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 10 January 2003 at 13:15 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 6 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
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.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.
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°).
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.
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 is at apogee at 00:43. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 404 343 km (251 247 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 065 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 366 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
8 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 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.794° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 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.