Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 June 2003 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 7 June 2003 at 20:28.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2003 after 1 day on 14 June 2003 at 11:16.
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.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 42 of Meeus index or 995 from Brown series.
Length of current 42 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 19 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:18, this is 15 days after last apogee on 28 May 2003 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 25 June 2003 at 02:25 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 360 427 km (223 959 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 081 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 929 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 21:16 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 26 June 2003 at 14:34 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 2 June 2003 at 15:27 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.491°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.477° in the next southern standstill on 15 June 2003 at 13:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 14 June 2003 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.