Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 16 October 2003 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 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 first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 23 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 20 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.
Length of current 46 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 next lunation 47 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠344°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
2 days after point of apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 401 846 km (249 696 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 549 km (222 792 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 October 2003 at 18:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.963°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.054° in the next northern standstill on 17 October 2003 at 03:41 in ♋ Cancer.
After 9 days on 25 October 2003 at 12:50 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.