Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 26 October 2003 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 25 October 2003 at 12:50.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2003 after 13 days on 9 November 2003 at 01:14.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 47 of Meeus index or 1000 from Brown series.
Length of current 47 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes. It is 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 48 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠344°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠359.8°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 11:34, this is 12 days after last apogee on 14 October 2003 at 02:27 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 10 November 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 358 549 km (222 792 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 959 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 807 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 18:43 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 9 November 2003 at 09:48 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 17 October 2003 at 03:41 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.054°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.091° in the next southern standstill on 29 October 2003 at 23:54 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 9 November 2003 at 01:14 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.