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Moon phase on 2 October 2003 Thursday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2003 | October 2003

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 47% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 October 2003 at 19:09 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1950"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1950" and ∠1917".

Hunter Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 7 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 46 / 999

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 46 of Meeus index or 999 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠325.5°

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 after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 367 606 km

The Moon is 367 606 km (228 420 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 692 km (252 085 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon at southern standstill

At 17:06 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.963°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.054° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 17 October 2003 at 03:41.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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.

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