Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 May 2003 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | May 2003

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 8% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 1 May 2003 at 12:15.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2003 after 11 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2003 at 11:53
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2003 at 03:36
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 23 May 2003 at 00:31
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 31 May 2003 at 04:20

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 41 / 994

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 41 of Meeus index or 994 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 46 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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠181.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠181.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠205.5°.

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2003 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 401 061 km

The Moon is 401 061 km (249 208 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 449 km (222 109 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 16 May 2003 at 10:51 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 21 April 2003 at 17:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.442°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.496° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 May 2003 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 16 May 2003 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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