Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 20 March 2003 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | March 2003

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1927".

Worm Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 27 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 25 March 2003 at 01:51
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 1 April 2003 at 19:19
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 9 April 2003 at 23:40
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 16 April 2003 at 19:36

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 39 / 992

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 39 of Meeus index or 992 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 44 minutes. It is 12 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠127.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠127.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠157.7°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 363 431 km

The Moon is 363 431 km (225 826 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 211 km (252 408 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.158°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.258° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 1 April 2003 at 19:19 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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