Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 9 November 2003 at 01:14.
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 about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 25 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 47 of Meeus index or 1000 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes. It is 35 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 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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠344°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠359.8°.
2 days after point of apogee on 10 November 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 400 617 km (248 932 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 812 km (221 713 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 9 November 2003 at 09:48 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 10:16 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.105°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.092° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 26 November 2003 at 09:16.
In 10 days on 23 November 2003 at 22:59 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.