Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 15 September 2003 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 10 September 2003 at 16:36.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 24 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
14 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 day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 405 288 km (251 834 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 713 km (251 477 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 23:28 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 23:28 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous South standstill on 5 September 2003 at 11:54 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.746°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.874° in the next northern standstill on 19 September 2003 at 19:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 26 September 2003 at 03:09 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.