Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 3 December 2002 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | December 2002

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

Waning Crescent 1% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 27 November 2002 at 15:46.

Moonrise and moonset

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 entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1951"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 16 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 35 / 988

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

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.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠14°

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°).

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 2 December 2002 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 367 354 km

Moon is 367 354 km (228 263 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 912 km (251 601 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 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

9 days after previous North standstill on 23 November 2002 at 12:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.812°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.808° in the next southern standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day 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.

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