Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 2 May 2003 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 1 May 2003 at 12:15.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2003 after 13 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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 41 of Meeus index or 994 from Brown series.
Length of current 41 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer than next lunation 42 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠181.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠205.5°. 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 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2003 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 921 km (251 606 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 449 km (222 109 mi).
13 days after its descending node on 19 April 2003 at 00:24 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus.
26 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 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.442°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.496° in the next northern standstill on 6 May 2003 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer.
After 13 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.