Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 23 July 2003 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days 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 ∠24° 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 19 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 24 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 August 2003 at 14:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 405 349 km (251 872 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 437 km (229 558 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 18:44 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 6 August 2003 at 06:49 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 18:44 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous South standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.465°. Next 3 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 5 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.