Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 25 March 2003 at 01:51 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 22 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 22 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.
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°.
5 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 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 374 410 km (232 648 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 211 km (252 408 mi).
2 days after descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 11:01 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.258°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.383° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 9 April 2003 at 03:25.
In 7 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.