Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 15 June 2003 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 14 June 2003 at 11:16.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1931" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2003 after 28 days on 13 July 2003 at 19:21.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 12 June 2003 at 23:18 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 June 2003 at 02:25 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 371 218 km (230 664 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 233 km (251 800 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 12 June 2003 at 21:16 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 June 2003 at 14:34 in ♉ Taurus.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 13:28 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.477°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.455° in its northern standstill point on 29 June 2003 at 21:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 14 days on 29 June 2003 at 18:39 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.