Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 4 April 2003 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 1 April 2003 at 19:19.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 12 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 40 of Meeus index or 993 from Brown series.
Length of current 40 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 56 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 04:31, this is 15 days after last perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 17 April 2003 at 04:58 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 406 211 km (252 408 mi) away from Earth. It is 803 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 498 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.258°. Next 4 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.
After 12 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.