Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 23 January 2003 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 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 ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2003 after 24 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 20 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:43, this is 12 days after last apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 369 912 km (229 853 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2003. It is 7 404 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 444 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.794°. Next 6 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 8 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.