Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 16 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 28 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.
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°.
Moon is at perigee at 11:53. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 358 342 km (222 663 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 166 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 014 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after descending node on 20 December 2003 at 16:07 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 10 December 2003 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.057°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.044° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 1 day 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.