Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 28 February 2002 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | February 2002

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 27 February 2002 at 09:17.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1937".

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 28 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 6 March 2002 at 01:25
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 14 March 2002 at 02:03
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 March 2002 at 02:28
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 28 March 2002 at 18:25

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 26 / 979

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 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.77 days

Length of current 26 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than next lunation 27 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠155.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠155.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠180.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 363 337 km

Moon is 363 337 km (225 767 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 705 km (252 715 mi).

Moon before descending node

6 days after its ascending node on 22 February 2002 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days after previous North standstill on 23 February 2002 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.418°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.510° in the next southern standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 14 March 2002 at 02:03 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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