Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 21 January 2003 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1939" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2003 after 26 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.
Length of current 37 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 369 670 km (229 702 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 912 km (229 853 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.794°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.834° in the next southern standstill on 30 January 2003 at 00:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 1 February 2003 at 10:48 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.