Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 18 September 2003 at 19:03.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1807" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 19 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
4 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 396 562 km (246 412 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 837 km (225 456 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 19 September 2003 at 19:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.874°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.963° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 5 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.