Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.
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 ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 28 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 apogee on 7 December 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 401 978 km (249 778 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 342 km (222 663 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2003 at 16:07 in ♏ Scorpio.
3 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 15:56 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.057°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.044° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 23 December 2003 at 20:12.
In 12 days on 23 December 2003 at 09:43 in ♑ Capricorn 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.