Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 March 2002 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | March 2002

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 10% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 10% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 14 March 2002 at 02:03.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1791"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1928".

Worm Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 11 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 March 2002 at 02:28
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 28 March 2002 at 18:25
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 4 April 2002 at 15:29
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 12 April 2002 at 19:21

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 27 / 980

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 27 of Meeus index or 980 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.72 days

Length of current 27 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 28 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠180.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠180.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠204.7°. 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 apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 400 156 km

Moon is 400 156 km (248 645 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 012 km (221 837 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.510°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.668° in the next northern standstill on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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