Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 9 December 2002 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | December 2002

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

Waxing Crescent 29% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 4 December 2002 at 07:34.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1819"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 10 days

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

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 36 / 989

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 36 of Meeus index or 989 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 36 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 37 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠32.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠32.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠56.5°. 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 before apogee

7 days 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 4 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 393 986 km

Moon is 393 986 km (244 812 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 912 km (251 601 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

18 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 after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.808°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.790° in the next northern standstill on 20 December 2002 at 18:29 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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