Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 December 2003 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 16 December 2003 at 17:42.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 18 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 48 of Meeus index or 1001 from Brown series.
Length of current 48 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. It is 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 49 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠359.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠15.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
12 days after point of apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 364 073 km (226 224 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 342 km (222 663 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 16:07 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 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.057°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.044° in the next southern standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 23 December 2003 at 09:43 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.