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Moon phase on 16 August 2002 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | August 2002

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 62% illuminated

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.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1926"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1895".

Sturgeon Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 6 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 32 / 985

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.

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Synodic month length 29.33 days

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.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠324.8°

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°).

Moon after perigee

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.

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Distance to Moon 372 207 km

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).

Moon before descending node

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.

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Draconic month

12 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

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.

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Syzygy in 6 days

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.

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