Crescent ♌ Leo
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 18 October 2003 at 12:31.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 20 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
5 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 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 390 672 km (242 752 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 549 km (222 792 mi).
6 days after ascending node on 13 October 2003 at 03:40 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 October 2003 at 18:43 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days 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 10 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 6 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.