Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 August 2002 at 10:12 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 6 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29.
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 32 of Meeus index or 985 from Brown series.
Length of current 32 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2002. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 33 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠324.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠343.1°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2002 at 23:32 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 372 207 km (231 279 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 694 km (252 087 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 4 August 2002 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.104°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.159° in the next southern standstill on 19 August 2002 at 00:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.