Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 25 days on 9 November 2003 at 01:14.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 apogee at 02:27. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 692 km (252 085 mi) away from Earth. It is 284 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 017 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 October 2003 at 18:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.963°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.054° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 October 2003 at 03:41 in ♋ Cancer.
In 11 days on 25 October 2003 at 12:50 in ♏ Scorpio 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.