Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 17 February 2003 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1942".
The Full Moon this days is the Snow of February 2003.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 38 of Meeus index or 991 from Brown series.
Length of current 38 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than next lunation 39 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠90.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠127.8°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries. 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 19 February 2003 at 16:19 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 371 772 km (231 008 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 844 km (226 704 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 10 February 2003 at 17:39 in ♉ Taurus, 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 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.923°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.015° in the next southern standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.