Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.
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 about ∠13° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 26 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.
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 18 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.
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°).
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.
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°.
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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 363 471 km (225 850 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 211 km (252 408 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 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 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.258° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 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.