Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 9 November 2003 at 01:14 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

It is Beaver Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Beaver of November 2003.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1937".

Lunation 47 / 1000

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 47 of Meeus index or 1000 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes and it is 35 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠344°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠344° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠359.8°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 November 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 405 250 km

The Moon is 405 250 km (251 811 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 298 km (252 462 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 09:48 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 29 October 2003 at 23:54 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.091° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.105° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 November 2003 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 09:48 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov