Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 22 March 2002 at 02:28 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 6 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 27 of Meeus index or 980 from Brown series.
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.
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.
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°).
8 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 378 600 km (235 251 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 012 km (221 837 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 April 2002 at 18:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 19:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠24.668°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-24.771° in its southern standstill point on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 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.