Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 30 January 2003 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 25 January 2003 at 08:33.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2003 after 17 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 378 856 km (235 410 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 551 km (251 376 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 February 2003 at 17:39 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 00:31 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-25.834°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠25.923° in its northern standstill point on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer.
After 1 day 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.