Crescent ♋ Cancer
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 September 2003 at 19:03 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 20 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 400 097 km (248 609 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 837 km (225 456 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 19:56 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠26.874°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-26.963° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 2 October 2003 at 17:06.
In 6 days on 26 September 2003 at 03:09 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.