Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 31 May 2003 Saturday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2003 after 13 days on 14 June 2003 at 11:16.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 04:20 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 42 of Meeus index or 995 from Brown series.
29 days, 14 hours and 19 minutes is the length of new lunation 42. It is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 43 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 35 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 28 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠205.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠234.1°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 28 May 2003 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 June 2003 at 23:18 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 402 258 km (249 952 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 427 km (223 959 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 30 May 2003 at 08:33 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 June 2003 at 21:16 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 19 May 2003 at 03:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.503°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.491° in the next northern standstill on 2 June 2003 at 15:27 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.