Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 24 December 2003 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 23 December 2003 at 09:43.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2004 after 14 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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 49 of Meeus index or 1002 from Brown series.
Length of current 49 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes. It is 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 50 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 47 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.9°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 22 December 2003 at 11:53 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 January 2004 at 20:19 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 368 226 km (228 805 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 707 km (252 095 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 20 December 2003 at 16:07 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 January 2004 at 20:11 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 23 December 2003 at 20:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.044°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.031° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2004 at 21:36 in ♋ Cancer.
After 14 days on 7 January 2004 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.