Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 21 March 2003 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
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 perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 471 km (225 850 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 211 km (252 408 mi).
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.158°. Next 3 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.
After 11 days on 1 April 2003 at 19:19 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.