Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 22 July 2003 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 21 July 2003 at 07:01.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 20 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 43 of Meeus index or 996 from Brown series.
Length of current 43 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 44 length.
Length of current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠234.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠268.5°. 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 apogee on this date at 19:37, this is 11 days after last perigee on 10 July 2003 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 August 2003 at 14:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 330 km (251 239 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 078 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 379 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its descending node on 10 July 2003 at 04:17 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 July 2003 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.465°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.493° in the next northern standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 29 July 2003 at 06:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.