Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 August 2003 at 07:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 44 of Meeus index or 997 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 51 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 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠268.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠301°.
Moon is at perigee at 14:06. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 22 July 2003 at 19:37 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next apogee on 19 August 2003 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 369 437 km (229 558 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 929 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 919 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 06:49 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 19 August 2003 at 21:08 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.493°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.553° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2003 at 06:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 5 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.