Crescent ♊ Gemini
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.
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°.
1 day after point of apogee on 19 August 2003 at 14:22 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 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 405 053 km (251 688 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 929 km (228 620 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 19 August 2003 at 21:08 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 9 August 2003 at 06:19 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.553°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.649° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 August 2003 at 11:41 in ♋ Cancer.
In 7 days on 27 August 2003 at 17:26 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.