Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 16 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 26 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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠234.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.5°.
3 days after point of apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 August 2003 at 14:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 399 431 km (248 195 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 437 km (229 558 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 23 July 2003 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 August 2003 at 06:49 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.465°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.493° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer.
In 2 days on 29 July 2003 at 06:53 in ♌ Leo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.