Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 30 August 2002 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | August 2002

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

Last Quarter 56% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 August 2002 at 02:31 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1802"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1802" and ∠1901".

Harvest Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2002 after 22 days on 21 September 2002 at 13:59.

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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2002 at 03:14 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 397 718 km

Moon is 397 718 km (247 131 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 745 km (222 914 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after its descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

26 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

11 days after previous South standstill on 19 August 2002 at 00:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.159°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.282° in the next northern standstill on 2 September 2002 at 16:03 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 7 September 2002 at 03:10 in ♍ Virgo, 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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