Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 24 March 2003 Monday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | March 2003

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 56% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 March 2003 at 01:51 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1935"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1924".

Pink Moon after 23 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 23 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

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 39 / 992

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

4 days 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 10 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 370 371 km

The Moon is 370 371 km (230 138 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 211 km (252 408 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

11 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 day 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 8 days

In 8 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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