Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 16 September 2003 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 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.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 23 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 20 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 09:22, this is 15 days after last perigee on 31 August 2003 at 18:47 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 713 km (251 477 mi) away from Earth. It is 695 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 996 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 5 September 2003 at 11:54 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.746°. Next 3 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 9 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.