Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 26 September 2003 at 03:09.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 11 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 46 of Meeus index or 999 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2003. It is 28 minutes shorter 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 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344°.
Moon is at perigee at 05:59. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 362 837 km (225 456 mi) away from Earth. It is 329 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 519 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days 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 4 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 11 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.