Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 31 May 2002 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | May 2002

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

Waning Gibbous 73% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 73% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.

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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1892".

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2002 after 24 days on 24 June 2002 at 21:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 24 June 2002 at 21:42

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 29 / 982

The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 before apogee

7 days after point of perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 397 209 km

Moon is 397 209 km (246 814 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 524 km (251 360 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 June 2002 at 20:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

16 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 after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.056°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.058° in the next northern standstill on 12 June 2002 at 14:17 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 10 June 2002 at 23:47 in ♊ Gemini, 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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