Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 2 May 2001 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 30 April 2001 at 17:08.
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 is passing about ∠6° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 5 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
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.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.
Length of current 16 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than next lunation 17 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠267.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠299.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 03:37, this is 14 days after last apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 15 May 2001 at 01:29 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 369 426 km (229 551 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 918 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 930 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 28 April 2001 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 28 April 2001 at 16:18 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.248°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.329° in the next southern standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.