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Moon phase on 12 December 2002 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | December 2002

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 58% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 11 December 2002 at 15:49 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 7 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

10 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 day, 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 403 586 km

Moon is 403 586 km (250 777 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 912 km (251 601 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 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 5 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

21 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

6 days after previous South standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.808°. Next 8 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 7 days

After 7 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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