Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 September 2003 at 12:34 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 6 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 45 of Meeus index or 998 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 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 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠301°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.5°.
3 days after point of perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 366 176 km (227 531 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 713 km (251 477 mi).
2 days after descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 23 August 2003 at 11:41 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.649°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.746° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2003 at 11:54 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 10 September 2003 at 16:36 in ♓ Pisces 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.