Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 9 March 2003 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 3 March 2003 at 02:35.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 8 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 39 of Meeus index or 992 from Brown series.
Length of current 39 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 44 minutes. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 403 313 km (250 607 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 818 km (223 581 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 19:23 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 19:23 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous South standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.015°. Next 3 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.
After 8 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.