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Moon phase on 31 December 2002 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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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 7% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 27 December 2002 at 00:31.

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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 17 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.

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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 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 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 368 677 km

Moon is 368 677 km (229 085 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 343 km (251 247 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 11:16 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 20 December 2002 at 18:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.790°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.783° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2003 at 16:56 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 2 January 2003 at 20:23 in ♑ Capricorn, 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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