Moon* ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 15 May 2003 Thursday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1898".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2003.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:39, this is 14 days after last apogee on 1 May 2003 at 07:39 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 May 2003 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 357 449 km (222 109 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 059 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 907 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 3 May 2003 at 02:17 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 16 May 2003 at 10:51 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 6 May 2003 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.496°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.503° in the next southern standstill on 19 May 2003 at 03:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.