Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
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.
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 perigee at 22:43. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until 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 further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
6 days since the previous standstill on 17 January 2003 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.794°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.834° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 January 2003 at 00:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 8 days on 1 February 2003 at 10:48 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.