Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2003 after 26 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 40 of Meeus index or 993 from Brown series.
The length of the 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 the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 51 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠157.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠181.7°.
2 days after point of perigee on 17 April 2003 at 04:58 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 365 562 km (227 150 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 530 km (252 606 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 00:24 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 9 April 2003 at 03:25 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.383°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.442° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 1 May 2003 at 12:15 in ♉ Taurus 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.