Crescent ♌ Leo
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 18 October 2003 at 12:31 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 21 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°.
4 days after point of apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini. 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 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 395 052 km (245 474 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 549 km (222 792 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 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 26 October 2003 at 18:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
5 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 17 October 2003 at 03:41 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.054°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.091° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 October 2003 at 23:54 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 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.