Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 5 September 2003 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 3 September 2003 at 12:34.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2003 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 369 131 km (229 367 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 713 km (251 477 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 2 September 2003 at 07:23 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 11:54 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.746°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.874° in its northern standstill point on 19 September 2003 at 19:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 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.