Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 24 October 2002 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | October 2002

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

Waning Gibbous 91% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20.

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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1801"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1929".

Hunter Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 26 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.

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 34 / 987

The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 34 of Meeus index or 987 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

Length of current 34 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 35 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠358.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠358.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠14°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 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 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 397 957 km

Moon is 397 957 km (247 279 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 154 km (222 547 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 18:18 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 6 November 2002 at 15:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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New draconic month

At 18:18 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.624°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.735° in the next northern standstill on 27 October 2002 at 06:34 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 4 November 2002 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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