Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 23 November 2003 at 22:59.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 12 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠359.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.5°.
2 days after point of perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 367 146 km (228 134 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 281 km (252 451 mi).
3 days after descending node on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 09:16 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.092°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.057° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 10 December 2003 at 15:56.
In 12 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.