Crescent ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 31 August 2002 at 02:31.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1865" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2002 after 19 days on 21 September 2002 at 13:59.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
6 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2002 at 03:14 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 384 332 km (238 813 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 745 km (222 914 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 September 2002 at 03:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 16:03 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.282°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.377° in its southern standstill point on 15 September 2002 at 05:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 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.