Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 18 March 2003 Tuesday 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1928".
The Full Moon this days is the Worm of March 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 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°).
10 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 366 938 km (228 005 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 818 km (223 581 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 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 22 March 2003 at 17:37 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.
5 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.158°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.258° in the next southern standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.