Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 31 August 2003 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 27 August 2003 at 17:26.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 10 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 45 of Meeus index or 998 from Brown series.
Length of current 45 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 minutes longer than next lunation 46 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠301°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠325.5°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 18:47, this is 12 days after last apogee on 19 August 2003 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 367 929 km (228 620 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 421 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 427 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 23 August 2003 at 11:41 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.649°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.746° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2003 at 11:54 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 10 September 2003 at 16:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.