Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.
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 is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 26 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.
Length of current 35 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 36 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠14°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠32.1°. 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°).
7 days after point of apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 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 2 December 2002 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 387 430 km (240 738 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 294 km (225 119 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 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 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 12:14 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.812°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2002. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.808° in its southern standstill point on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 4 December 2002 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.