Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 31 July 2002 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | July 2002

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

Waning Gibbous 59% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 7 days on 24 July 2002 at 09:07.

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1890".

Buck Moon before 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 22 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 31 / 984

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 31 of Meeus index or 984 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.37 days

Length of current 31 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 49 minutes. It is 54 minutes longer than next lunation 32 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠300.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠300.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠324.8°. 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

1 day after point of apogee on 30 July 2002 at 01:45 in ♈ Aries. 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 10 August 2002 at 23:32 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 404 180 km

Moon is 404 180 km (251 146 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 928 km (225 513 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 21 July 2002 at 00:41 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 4 August 2002 at 11:03 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

8 days after previous South standstill on 22 July 2002 at 19:08 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.053°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.104° in the next northern standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 8 August 2002 at 19:15 in ♌ Leo, 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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