Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 5 April 2003 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 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 ∠25° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 11 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 3 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 April 2003 at 04:58 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 305 km (251 223 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 158 km (221 928 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 21:41 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 19 April 2003 at 00:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 21:41 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous South standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.258°. Next 3 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 11 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.