Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 May 2002 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | May 2002

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

Waxing Gibbous 88% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 88% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 19 May 2002 at 19:42.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1895".

Flower Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 2 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • First Quarter in Libra ♎ on 18 June 2002 at 00:29

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 29 / 982

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

Length of current 29 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:31, this is 15 days after last apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 364 985 km

This perigee Moon is 364 985 km (226 791 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 477 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 371 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

8 days after its ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

8 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 before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.039°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.056° in the next southern standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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