Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 19 February 2003 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 16 February 2003 at 23:51.
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 first ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 26 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 16:19, this is 11 days after last apogee on 7 February 2003 at 21:58 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 364 844 km (226 704 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 336 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 512 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 13 February 2003 at 10:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.923°. Next 6 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.
After 11 days on 3 March 2003 at 02:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.