Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 2 April 2003 Wednesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 14 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 19:19 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 40 of Meeus index or 993 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 56 minutes is the length of new lunation 40. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2003. It is 51 minutes longer than next lunation 41 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠157.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠181.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
13 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 580 km (251 394 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 211 km (252 408 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 22 March 2003 at 17:37 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.258°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.383° in the next northern standstill on 9 April 2003 at 03:25 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.