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Moon phase on 12 May 2002 Sunday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | May 2002

New Moon phase
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Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 12 May 2002 at 10:45 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1807" and ∠1899".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 13 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 19 May 2002 at 19:42
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 26 May 2002 at 11:51
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 3 June 2002 at 00:05
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 10 June 2002 at 23:47

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 29 / 982

At 10:45 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute is the length of new lunation 29. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 30 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠233.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠233.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠268.1°. 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

4 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 396 594 km

Moon is 396 594 km (246 432 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 985 km (226 791 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

25 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

10 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2002 at 16:55 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.975°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.039° in the next northern standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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