Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 December 2002 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | December 2002

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

Waxing Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 11 December 2002 at 15:49.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1801"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 1 day 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 36 / 989

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 397 959 km

Moon is 397 959 km (247 280 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 904 km (228 605 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 06:47 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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New draconic month

At 06:47 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 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.808°. Next 2 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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