Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 August 2003 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 20 August 2003 at 00:48 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 21 days on 10 September 2003 at 16:36.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 44 of Meeus index or 997 from Brown series.
Length of current 44 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes. It is 51 minutes longer than next lunation 45 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠268.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠301°. 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 19 August 2003 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 405 053 km (251 688 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 929 km (228 620 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 19 August 2003 at 21:08 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 9 August 2003 at 06:19 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.553°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.649° in the next northern standstill on 23 August 2003 at 11:41 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 27 August 2003 at 17:26 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.