Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 3 March 2003 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1935".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 14 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 02:35 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 39 of Meeus index or 992 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 44 minutes is the length of new lunation 39. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 40 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠157.7°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 19 February 2003 at 16:19 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 398 590 km (247 672 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous South standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.015°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.158° in the next northern standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.